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

St. Thomas, USVI – United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced today that on January 18,
2024, Tahir Donadelle, of St. Thomas, entered a guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth
Miller to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to court documents, on September 8, 2022, Donadelle arrived at the Cyril E. King
airport in St. Thomas after disembarking a flight from Atlanta, GA. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) officers were screening luggage from the flight and noticed that a suitcase
appeared to contain marijuana. The officers placed the suitcase on the luggage carousel and
observed Donadelle retrieve the suitcase. A CBP officer then escorted Donadelle for screening
and inspection. Donadelle claimed the suitcase as his property. CBP officers then searched the
suitcase and found three packages which contained 964 light blue pills. The U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratory confirmed that the pills contained 109 grams of

Donadelle faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the
completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district
court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and
other statutory factors.

This case was investigated by CBP and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is
being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Payne.

Updated February 29, 2024

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