ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized approximately 8.6 kg (19 lb.) of marijuana inside two pieces of luggage this weekend.
On Saturday, CBP officers were conducting routine inspections at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas. A canine alerted to luggage that had just arrived on a Spirit Airlines Flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the officers observed a male passenger retrieve the bags.
CBP Officers conducted a secondary examination of Melroy Burgan, 24, of Guyana, and his companion Aumon Siddique, a 21-year-old United States citizen. Further inspection of the luggage revealed 11 bundles concealed inside clothing in one bag and six bundles concealed in the second bag. The bundles contained a green leafy substance that was field tested with positive results for marijuana.
Both individuals were placed under arrest and their custody was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. A total of approximately 19 pounds of marijuana were seized.
"The hard work and expertise of our officers continues to add to the safety of our community by disrupting the illegal contraband of money and drugs," said United States Virgin Islands Area Port Director Louis Harrigan.
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.