Five Individuals from St. Thomas, VI Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges Pursuant to DEA Investigation
JUN 25 -- (St. Thomas, USVI) - Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Javier F. Pena, and United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe, District of the Virgin Islands, announced today that John Lindquist, Monique John, Felicien Gumbs, Troy Willock and Curtis Subdhan were indicted on federal drug trafficking charges by a federal grand jury yesterday.
On June 24, 2010, a federal grand jury returned five separate indictments each charging the defendants with drug trafficking offenses. The indictments allege that on or about June 2009 to June 2010, the defendants possessed varying amounts of crack cocaine, usually in excess of 50 grams, with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of various schools and playgrounds on St. Thomas. Curtis Subdhan is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of federal drug trafficking crimes and threatening a witness, both of which occurred on June 19, 2010.
The defendants appeared before the Honorable Ruth Miller, United States Magistrate Judge who remanded them to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending a detention hearing. Each defendant was scheduled to appear in court on June 30, 2010, when the United States will seek detention pending trial for each defendant.
If convicted of distributing 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, a defendant faces a sentence of imprisonment of not less than 10 years or more than life and a fine not to exceed $4,000,000. If Subdhan is convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, he faces a term of imprisonment of not less than five years in addition to the punishment for the drug trafficking crime. A sentence for threatening a witness with the use of physical force carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.
An indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.