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St. Croix Baggage Handler Gets Two Years In Prison For Strapping Cocaine To His Body

St. Croix Baggage Handler Gets Two Years In Prison For Strapping Cocaine To His Body

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man was given two years in prison by a federal judge for trying to smuggle cocaine onto an airplane.

Dimitrous Jefferson, 29, of Mon Bijou, was sentenced on Monday for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Jefferson to twenty-four months in prison, Shappert said.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Jefferson to three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment.

On February 27, 2017, Jefferson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. According to documents filed in court, on May 4, 2016, the defendant and another individual who were employed by Worldwide Flight Services at the Rohlsen Airport, entered the TSA screening area before their scheduled shifts.

Jefferson attempted to pass through the screening area and triggered the metal detector. A search of his person revealed a brick-like package wrapped with gray duct tape strapped to one of his legs.

The other individual also had a similar package strapped to one of his legs. The packages field-tested positive for
cocaine.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

https://vifreepress.com/2018/04/st-croix-baggage-handler-caught-with-cocaine-strapped-to-his-leg-gets-two-years-in-prison/

St. Croix Baggage Handler Gets Two Years In Prison For Strapping Cocaine To His Body

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St. Croix Baggage Handler Caught With Cocaine Strapped To His Leg Gets Two Years In Prison

St. Croix Baggage Handler Caught With Cocaine Strapped To His Leg Gets Two Years In Prison

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix baggage handler who was caught with cocaine strapped to his leg at the airport was given two years in prison by a federal judge, authorities said.

Ray Harris, Jr., 24, was sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Harris to twenty-four months in prison, according to Shappert. Judge Lewis also sentenced Harris to three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment.

On February 17, 2017, Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

According to documents filed in court, on May 4, 2016, the defendant and another individual who were employed by Worldwide Flight Services at the Rohlsen Airport, entered the TSA screening area before their scheduled shifts.

The defendant attempted to pass through the screening area and triggered the metal detector. A search of his person revealed a brick-like package wrapped with gray duct tape strapped to one of his legs.

The other individual also had a similar package strapped to one of his legs. The packages field-tested positive for
cocaine.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

https://vifreepress.com/2017/02/bling-bling-baggage-handler-ray-harris-jr-faces-20-years-prison-admitting-smuggling-cocaine-henry-rohlsen-airport/

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Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced To 15 Years in Prison For Making Child Porn

Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced To 15 Years in Prison For Making Child Porn

SAN JUAN – A former Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for possessing and producing child pornography.

The sentence follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the PRPD and the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF).

On March 12, 2015, HSI special agents arrested Gabriel Rodriguez-Pacheco, 33, of Yauco, for persuading, enticing and coercing two female minors, 16 and 17 years of age, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, namely the lascivious exhibition of their genital areas, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

On March 26, 2015, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a 17-count indictment against Rodgriguez-Pacheco charging him with 16 counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He was found guilty of all charges August 2017.

“This case is proof of the outstanding collaborative efforts between HSI and the PRPD, as members of the PRCACTF, to identify, investigate and apprehend those who abuse the most vulnerable segment of our society – our children,” said Orlando Baez, acting special agent in charge of HSI San Juan.

In response to the need for an island-wide approach in the fight against the escalation of predatory crimes against children, HSI San Juan partnered with members of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as local and state government officials and community leaders, to form the PRCACTF in June 2011. Since the creation of the task force, child exploitation cases within the HSI San Juan jurisdiction have increased by 324 percent compared to the period prior inception of the initiative.

Through PRCACTF, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies work together with local and state government agencies to effectively pool their resources to jointly investigate all crimes against children in Puerto Rico. Through the task force, law enforcement officers are encouraged to share evidence, ideas, and investigative and forensic tools to ensure the most successful prosecutions possible. As such, PRCACTF allows law enforcement to speak with one unified voice in defense of the children of Puerto Rico.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Suspicious activity includes the possession or watching of child pornography, with this in mind it is important to point out that adult pornography such as the kind that can be found on websites like full tube is not illegal and therefore should not be considered as suspicious activity. Both phone lines are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced To 15 Years in Prison For Making Child Porn

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U.S. Immigration Rounds Up Seven Illegal Aliens in Virgin Islands in Massive Sweep Over Three Regions

U.S. Immigration Rounds Up Seven Illegal Aliens in Virgin Islands in Massive Sweep Over Three Regions

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MIAMI — It’s the start of the Easter weekend for many, but for 271 immigrants, including several from the Caribbean nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, it won’t be a Happy Easter.

The Caribbean immigrants were mostly nabbed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Puerto Rico during ICE enforcement action that ran from March 18 to 22.

The immigrants rounded up and detained pending deportation are from: Cuba, Haiti, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Jamaica.

Of those arrested by ICE during the enforcement action, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses, abuse of the elderly.

Others were arrested for minor infractions including driving under the influence, harboring undocumented immigrants, traffic offenses and trespassing.

Arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, including 76 in Miami Dade and 65 in Broward while 11 were arrested in Puerto Rico, and seven in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Among those nabbed was a Cuban citizen in Miami Dade who was convicted of attempted murder and a Haitian national and Bloods gang member in New York.

The Haitian national, according to ICE, has multiple criminal convictions, including: burglary, patronized prostitution, possession of marijuana, meth and cocaine, criminal possession of a weapon, and rape in the first degree. He was designated as a registered sex offender for life and served five years in prison for rape.

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-271-across-state-florida-puerto-rico-us-virgin-islands

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U.S. Immigration Rounds Up The Usual Suspects In New Jersey and Nabs People From Anguilla, Trinidad and Dominican Republic Who Are Here Illegally

 

U.S. Immigration Rounds Up The Usual Suspects In New Jersey and Nabs People From Anguilla, Trinidad and Dominican Republic Who Are Here Illegally

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NEWARK — Caribbean nationals are among 36 people arrested by law enforcement authorities in New Jersey during a five-day operation as part of an ongoing “public safety efforts” campaign this week.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service said that the operation targeted criminal immigrants who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey, and who were subsequently released to the community by Middlesex County Jail officials without honoring the ICE detainer or advising ICE of their release.

An immigration detainer is a tool used by ICE and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials when the agency identifies potentially deportable individuals who are held in jails or prisons nationwide, according to the American Immigration Council.

Typically, it said detainers are issued by an authorised immigration official or local police officer designated to act as an immigration official under section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

ICE said the operation also targeted other criminal immigrants residing in Middlesex County.

The Caribbean immigrants arrested as part of the operation were nationals of Anguilla, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Others were nationals of El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, and Turkey.

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Atlanta’s Makimba Barry Pleads Guilty To Trying To Smuggle 330 Pounds of Cocaine Thru Cyril E. King Airport

Atlanta's Makimba Barry Pleads Guilty To Trying To Smuggle 330 Pounds of Cocaine Thru Cyril E. King Airport

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Georgia native admitted in federal court today that he was trying to move as much as 330 pounds of cocaine in St. Thomas.

Makimba Barry, 41, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute not less than 50 and not more than 150 kilograms of cocaine, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 4, 2018, according to Hewlett.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Barry was a member of a drug trafficking organization from 2011 through 2016.

During the course of the conspiracy, Barry was responsible for 32 shipments of more than 236 kilograms of cocaine from St. Thomas to Florida.

On each smuggling operation, Barry traveled from Miami to St. Thomas where he would pick up 10 or more kilograms of cocaine.

The following day, Barry would deliver the cocaine and partial payment to Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s bodyguard Neal Chesterfield, then immediately return to Florida.

Chesterfield, a law enforcement officer, would then smuggle the cocaine through the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas using his work credentials to bypass United States Customs and TSA.

Chesterfield, who was paid $2,750 per kilogram of cocaine, was arrested on September 3, 2016 minutes before boarding a Spirit Airlines flight to Ft. Lauderdale.

In his possession was approximately 22 kilograms of cocaine and over $26,000 in cash that he had received as payment from Barry.

Barry faces a sentence of not less than 10 years in prison and not more than life, and a fine of up to $10 million. Barry remains detained pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith.

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St. Croix Man Gilroy Elcock Faces 30 Years In Prison After Being Convicted Of Videotaping Himself Having Sex With Underage Girls

St. Croix Man Gilroy Elcock Faces 30 Years In Prison After Being Convicted Of Videotaping Himself Having Sex With Underage Girls

CHRISTIANSTED – On August 25, 2017, after a five-day trial, a federal jury on St. Croix convicted Gilroy Derrick Elcock, 45, of six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of aggravated rape first degree, and one count of possession of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years, according to Hewlett.

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Aggravated rape first-degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment, she said.

Elcock remains in custody pending sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.

Evidence presented at trial established that Elcock met the mother of J.S. and J.J.S. in October 2013.

The mother and Elcock started dating, and in January 2014, Elcock started living with the mother and two children.

Elcock started having sexual relations with J.S.,16, and J.J.S.,12, and used his cell phone to record the sexual encounters. J.J.S. asked Elcock to stop, but he continued.

The mother spoke to J.J.S., who showed her mother Facebook messages between her and Elcock.

The messages were sexual in nature, and when the mother saw the messages, she called the police.

The subsequent investigation, including a search of Elcock’s cell phone, yielded seven videos depicting him engaged in sexual acts with J.S. and J.J.S.

In May 2014, Elcock was accused by territorial officials of having sexual relations with two underage girls in Estate La Grande Princesse, according to court records.

Elcock allegedly put the images of himself having sex with his friend’s two teenage daughters on the Internet and faced life in prison in a Superior Court case that was originally brought by the V.I. Department of Justice.

According to a fact sheet filed by VIPD detective Vanessa Richardson, Elcock befriended the family and two girls over a period of six months, gaining the trust of the family.

The most recent federal case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-vid-1_17-cr-00005/pdf/USCOURTS-vid-1_17-cr-00005-2.pdf

https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/jury-convicts-st-croix-man-production-child-pornography-and-related-charges

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