Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Fentanyl on St. Croix
St. Croix, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Marshall D. Miller, age 44, of unknown address, pled guilty on February 6, 2020 for the charge of Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance.
According to court documents, on January 7, 2020, while on mobile patrol, St. Croix Police Chief Herman Lynch observed Miller acting erratically on the roadway near the Limetree Bay housing facility across from the entrance to Colorama store. When the police chief approached Miller, Miller had pinpoint pupils, was drooling, and was observed reaching into his pockets and throwing out items. The police chief saw five plastic baggies containing a pink powdery substance along with a $10 bill on the ground where the items were thrown. A subsequent field test by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed that the substance contained fentanyl and weighed approximately .7 grams.
Miller faces a maximum sentence of one year and a minimum fine of $1000. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the DEA. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa P. Ortiz and Alphonso Andrews, Jr.