Two Virgin Islands Residents Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ronald W. Sharpe, United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Vito S. Guarino, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Caribbean Division, and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), San Juan and U.S. Virgin Islands, announce the indictment of Dwight Iva Durant, 44, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Supervisor, and Shawn Dowe, 29, both of the Virgin Islands, for their alleged participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Defendant Durant was arrested yesterday in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, where he made his initial appearance in federal court today. Dowe was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance in federal court tomorrow. The indictment was returned in Miami, Florida, where the defendants will stand trial.
The indictment, filed on November 14, 2013, and unsealed yesterday, charges Dwight Iva Durant and Shawn Dowe, each, with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846. If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible statutory maximum sentence of life.
This case is a result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA West Palm Beach Task Force which is comprised of the following agencies: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach Police Department, Jupiter Police Department, Delray Beach Police Department, Boynton Beach Police Department, and North Bay Village Police Department. In addition, Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of DEA Miami, DEA San Juan, ICE-HSI, Sunrise Police Department, and U.S. Transportation and Security Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin M. Davis.
An indictment is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.