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Man Charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

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

St. Thomas, USVI- Dean Thompson, 47, of St. Thomas, made his initial appearance Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on an indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced. Thompson was detained pending a detention hearing on Friday.

According to the indictment, between February 9, 2017, and March 8, 2017, Thompson conspired with others to possess approximately 14 kilograms of marijuana that was mailed in two packages from New York to St. Thomas.

If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Acting United States Attorney Hewlett reminds the public that an information is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated May 23, 2017

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