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District of Virgin Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 7, 2016

British Virgin Islands Man Sentenced to ThreeMonths in Prison for Alien Smuggling

St. Thomas, USVI - District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced today Ashemba Frett, 22, of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, to three months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Judge Gomez ordered Frett to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 300 hours of community service.

On March 3, 2016, Frett pleaded guilty to encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, the United States Coast Guard (USSG) conducted a safety stop on a vessel in Jersey Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The vessel was operated by an unidentified individual. Frett jumped into the water, but was apprehended by the Coast Guard. A Haitian national and a national from the Dominican Republic were on-board the vessel. Frett admitted that the Dominican Republic national paid him $700 to travel to St. Thomas from Tortola and that Frett knew he did not possess the proper documents to lawfully enter the United States.

The case was investigated by the USSG, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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Human Smuggling
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Updated July 8, 2016