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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two Columbians who pleaded guilty to being on a mini-submarine with 3,384 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Ecuador got five years in prison from a federal judge. Freddy Montano Paz, 30, and Mariano Abregon, 33, were each sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Robert A.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man who is a person of interest in a double murder in Estate Glynn two years ago, admitted in federal court to having two ounces of cocaine, authorities said. Malachi Benjamin, 25, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller to possession with intent to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Columbian traveling in a go-fast boat with 1,355 pounds of marijuana off the Pacific coast of Columbia got 2.75 years in prison after his conviction as a drug trafficker. Cristian Valencia-Mendoza of Bogota, was sentenced to 33 months in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — RED RIBBON WEEK, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.  Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Federal authorities painted a horrifying picture of a long-running human trafficking ring on St. Thomas, after a raid of a Contant brothel discovered seven undocumented immigrants who said they had been forced into sex work and thought they would be killed if they reported how they were

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SAN JUAN — The DEA is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day tomorrow October 24 at locations across the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of a Hospital Ground murder two years ago was given 1.5 years in prison today for possessing narcotics, authorities said. Aubrey Frett, 31, was sentenced for his conviction for possession of marijuana and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man pleaded guilty in federal court on St. Thomas after U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents seized marijuana plants, cocaine and a firearm from his Anna’s Hope home three weeks ago. Troy Lance Patterson, 52, of St. Croix pled guilty today to carrying a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two Puerto Rico natives checked into a waterfront-area hotel on St. Thomas and brought with them a duffel bag full of cocaine, authorities said. Rafael Velez-Lopez, 24, of Vieques and Emanuel Campbell Camacho, 29, of Vieques, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for preliminary and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who was chased by federal agents on foot through a Tutu fast food restaurant parking lot in February with $800,000 cash and a machine pistol, pleaded guilty to having an illegal gun, but not to being a drug dealer. Gretchen C.F. Shappert, United

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