ST.THOMAS, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers arrested Wednesday a pair that attempted to introduce 30 pounds (14 Kilos) of marijuana upon arrival to the Cyril E. King Airport.
Sierra Wimberly, 25, and Noelle Bishop, 27, made their initial appearances on April 7, 2016, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in separate complaints with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
“Customs and Border Protection is an agency committed to securing our borders while at the same time cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws”, stated Area Port Director for the United States Virgin Islands Louis Harrigan. “CBP officers will ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified.”
A CBP K-9 detected narcotics in checked bags belonging to Wimberly and Bishopel, who had arrived on a flight from Atlanta.
In secondary inspection their checked bags were examined where CBP officers seized and field-tested approximately 4.9 kilograms of marijuana from Wimberly’s bag, and approximately 10.25 kilograms of marijuana from Bishopel’s bag.
The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.
Under federal law if convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Wimberly and Bishopel each face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
CBP officers detect many individuals wanted by authorities in the continental U.S., upon their arrival to the USVI, or upon their return to the mainland from the USVI
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.