Georgia Man Sentenced to Months in Prison for Attempting to Smuggle 8.5 Kilograms of Marijuana to the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, USVI – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Bert Donadelle, Jr., 26, of Georgia, to three months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Judge Gomez also ordered Donadelle to perform 300 hours of community service and pay a $100 special assessment.
On June 15, 2016, Donadelle pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 8.5 kilograms of marijuana. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on April 3, 2016, at the Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 detected narcotics in a checked bag belonging to Donadelle, who had arrived on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta. CBP officers examined the contents of the bag, resealed it, and placed it on the carousel for retrieval. Donadelle retrieved the bag, and a second checked bag bearing his name, from the baggage claim area. CBP officers seized and field-tested a total of approximately 8.5 kilograms or more of marijuana from Donadelle’s bags.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kim L. Chisholm.