St. Thomas man admits trying to bring pot over from St. Croix
Published: September 11, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on charges that he tried to bring a pound of marijuana from St. Croix to sell it on St. Thomas.
Kori Lamar Vialet, of Tutu Hi-Rise housing community on St. Thomas, appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Miguel Camacho and was advised of his rights on a single count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
According to the probable cause fact sheet, police said that on Sept. 5, a Transportation Security Agency employee smelled a strong odor when opening a package for inspection that was being sent from St. Croix to St. Thomas via Seaborne Airlines. The TSA employee then notified V.I. Port Authority Police officers.
The box was filled with a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana and weighed 501.4 grams.
According to police, a woman used a credit card to send the package to Vialet, and they contacted her. The package was not delivered.
On Monday, when Vialet traveled to St. Croix, he was questioned by officers and admitted that the marijuana belonged to him. He also signed a confession admitting to the possession and that he was going to distribute it.
During the hearing Tuesday, Camacho set bail at $10,000 and allowed Vialet to post 10 percent. Vialet's attorney, Martial Webster, asked the court to allow Vialet to return to his home on St. Thomas and show up for future court appearances at his own expense.
Webster said Vialet is employed as a delivery person for a legitimate company and travels between St. Croix and St. Thomas for his job.
He said Vialet has had no prior contact with the criminal justice system and has already admitted guilt and does not pose a risk of flight or threat to the community.
Camacho agreed to the conditions and additionally advised Vialet to have no contact with the woman named in the affidavit, who he described as a government's witness. The judge ordered Vialet to sign in to the Office of Probation once per week as directed by the probation officers.
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