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Smuggling Marijuana to St. Thomas Smuggling Marijuana to St. Thomas

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

St. Thomas, USVI –United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that a complaint has been filed against Raquel Rivera for attempting to smuggle marijuana into St. Thomas. Rivera made her initial appearance in federal court Thursday in St. Thomas.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, Rivera was stopped at the Cyril E. King airport after arriving in St. Thomas from Miami, FL. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then searched bags she was carrying and found in two separate pieces of luggage marijuana totaling over five kilograms.

This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations and CBP. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Brooks.

A complaint is merely a charging document, and it is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated April 30, 2020

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