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Thursday, March 20, 2014

St. Thomas Man Sentenced To 5 Months For Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana

St. Thomas, USVI- District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Melroy Burgan, 25, to five months in prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, to be followed by three years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez.

On November 5, 2013, Burgan pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. According to the plea documents filed in court, on August 17, 2013, Burgan traveled from the Ft. Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas with three kilograms of marijuana in his suitcase. After Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected the marijuana in Burgan’s suitcase, they allowed the suitcase to continue through the normal luggage procedures. Burgan, who lives on St. Thomas, was arrested after he retrieved the suitcase from the luggage carousel. During questioning, Burgan admitted ownership of the suitcase and all of its contents.

The case was investigated by CBP and Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael Meyers, Jr.

Updated June 22, 2015