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Tortolain nabbed for smuggling Haitians into USVI

According to the complaint, Wiliams was operating a boat that was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) coming from the British Virgin Islands. Photo: VI Consortium

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI - Ernest Williams, 25, of Tortola, was arrested on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with bringing illegal immigrants into the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

Daline Ambroise, 23, Presuma Venette, 19, Paul Jn Augustine, 36, and Jordan Ambroise, 36, all nationals of Haiti were also arrested Wednesday on criminal complaints charging each of them with illegal entry into the USVI, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Williams, Ambroise, Venette, Jn Augustine, and Ambroise all made their initial appearances before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were detained pending further proceedings.

According to the complaint, Wiliams was operating a boat that was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) coming from the British Virgin Islands.

Boat with no lights

The agents observed that Williams was operating the boat with no lights. After the boat was stopped, AMO agents identified six individuals besides Williams including two unaccompanied minors. After inspection, the agents determined that none of the individuals was an American citizen.

If convicted of bringing aliens into the USVI, Williams faces a sentence up to ten years and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of illegal entry, Ambroise, Venette, Jn Augustine and Ambroise face a maximum sentence of six months and a $5,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Unit and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

United States Attorney Shappert reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

5 Responses to “Tortolain nabbed for smuggling Haitians into USVI ”

  • One eye (20/12/2018, 19:55) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    These poor Haitians
  • white (20/12/2018, 22:09) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    Please do not lock up our brother in this hard criminal justice system of America. His spinchter will not last but a few days until it's taken without permission. Instead let's fine him heavy and send him back to Tortola broke.
    • @white (21/12/2018, 06:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      He would learn! Do the right thing...dont let money crowd your judgetment!
    • black (21/12/2018, 09:13) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Oh!!! don't lock up a brother!! but you all like to say charge other people who may have been "accused" of something slightly similar or so the people say. Also very quick to say deport! Better yet, you all like to do not charge them a fine...Lock dem up!!! oh but now....he is a "brother". Double Standards!! Only foreign people commit crimes right???
  • Ohhh boii (21/12/2018, 09:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Local saying goes
    MOON a run till DAY LIGHT catch he

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