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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty To Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana

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


St. Thomas, USVI – On July 5, 2016, Keenan Powell-Ryder, 20, pleaded guilty in District Court to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

According to the plea agreement filed with the Court, on April 19, 2016, Powell-Ryder possessed with intent to distribute marijuana by smuggling the marijuana into the Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Powell-Ryder transported the marijuana from the mainland United States.

Powell-Ryder faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is the result of investigative work by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David White.

Updated July 5, 2016

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