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Federal Authorities Arrest Two St. Thomas Men in possession of Marijuana, Cash and Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI – Thomas A. Olive, II, and his brother, Thorne A. Olive appeared today before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, for a preliminary detention hearing after their arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Offenses.

According to court records, on December 11, 2018, the two brothers were observed by law enforcement driving in a grey Toyota Camry with excessively tinted windows, a violation of Virgin Islands traffic laws.  Subsequent to the traffic stop, VIPD officers recovered in excess of 4 pounds of marijuana; a Glock, model 17, 9mm firearm; a Glock, model 23, .40 caliber firearm, with an extended magazine; several digital scales; boxes of plastic baggies; and approximately $6,225.00 in U.S. Currency.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert reminds the public that an arrest warrant is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated April 19, 2019