BVI Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Smuggling In USVI

BVI Platinum News
August 02, 2018 9:17 am AST
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BVI citizen Ashley Warner, who was arrested and charged in the United States Virgin Islands in relations to the smuggling of 11 kilograms of cocaine, will be sentenced on December 6; a sentence which according to US Virgin Islands law, shall consist of imprisonment that is no less than 10 years or more than life, and a fine not exceeding $10 million.

54 year-old Warner appeared before the District Court on August 1, before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez. He pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

On May 24, Warner was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and made his first appearance before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller before being remanded.

The Office of United States Attorneys stated that Warner was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Cyril E. King airport after it was discovered that he was attempting to smuggle the large quantity of cocaine through the airport to the U.S. mainland in coolers.

It was reported that the white powdery substance discovered inside the coolers tested positive for cocaine and weighed approximately 11 kilograms.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.
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