Man charged with trying to smuggle cocaine inside candles
Published: August 10, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A man who officials said tried to sneak cocaine out of the territory in a pair of candles appeared in District Court on Friday.
Jeffrey Carty had 2.6 kilograms of cocaine stuffed into a pair of candles that was packed in his luggage, according to the statement of Homeland Security Special Agent Jason Allen in court on Friday.
Carty, who was about to board an US Airways flight on Thursday, was headed to Charlotte, N.C., from King Airport on St. Thomas. Carty turned over his luggage for inspection by Transportation Security Administration officers on his way to the flight.
When officers inspected his luggage, they found the candles, which indicated several anomalies. Upon further inspection, officers found a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine, inside the candles.
Officers arrested Carty immediately for the possession of narcotics.
Carty currently is being detained at the Bureau of Corrections and could face a maximum sentence of 10 or more years depending on the Controlled Substances Act.
Carty is expected to appear again in court at 9 a.m. Monday for a bail hearing.
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