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MOST EFFECTIVE EVER? Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Just days after the most powerful U.S. Attorney in the country — Preet Bharara of New York — defied President Donald Trump’s demand that he submit his resignation — the U.S. Attorney for the territory said that he will comply with the

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CHRISTIANSTED – A Clifton Hill man was given two years in federal prison on Thursday for being a drug user with a Luger. Dwayne Wesselhoft, 29, of St. Croix, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Finch to 24 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a

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CHRISTIANSTED – A Puerto Rican native with a history of drug offenses going back to 2010, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to just five years in prison for bringing at least 191 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. Gamalier Rohlsen-Arizmendi, 24, of Puerto Rico, was given 63 months

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two military-style “black ops” helicopters were used on a successful nighttime drug interdiction operation by the federal government in Judith’s Fancy on January 30, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. As one of the helicopters hovered over a house that had been targeted based on months of

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SAN JUAN — Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of cocaine in the Atlantic region since 1999 from a boat off South America’s northeastern coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. About 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $125 million, was confiscated from a fishing

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic was given 10 years in prison by a federal judge for bringing 12 pounds of cocaine into Hull Bay. Tomas Liriano Castillo, 44, was sentenced to 121 months in prison on Tuesday for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to

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CHRISTIANSTED – A native of Puerto Rico will spend about 3.83 years behind bars after admitting to bringing 156 pounds of cocaine to the waters off of St. Croix. Carmelo Cruz-Velez, 52 of San Juan was sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with

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BALES AND BALES OF COKE: Cocaine seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the Dominican Republic on January 2, 2017. SANTO DOMINGO — Agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations unit detected a vessel laden with 2,000 pounds of cocaine in the region early

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 39-year-old Dominican national was sentenced to 16.8 years in prison after being convicted on cocaine distribution charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Alexandro Geraldino-Aracena was given 202 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute

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SENTENCED: ESTANISLAO DE JESUS CHARLOTTE AMALIE – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Estanislao De Jesus, 47, of the Dominican Republic, to 41 months’ imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Judge Gomez also ordered De Jesus to pay a $100

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