Pair found with 19 pounds of pot in luggage at airport plead not guilty


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ST. THOMAS - The woman and man caught at King Airport with almost 19 pounds of marijuana in their luggage pleaded not guilty Wednesday in District Court.

Aumon Siddique and Melroy Burgan flew into King Airport on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Aug. 17.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents had a K-9 Unit dog inspect the luggage from the flight before passengers retrieved their luggage.

Agents said they found bundles of marijuana packed in carbon paper in two pieces of luggage after the dog indicated that the luggage might contain an illegal substance.

After agents made the discovery, they released the luggage to see who would pick it up, according to court documents.

Burgan and Siddique picked up three bags, two of which had marijuana packed inside, according to court documents.

Burgan and Siddique were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Burgan appeared in court on Wednesday, and Siddique had a waiver approved that allowed her not to appear in court, according to District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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