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UPDATE: VIslander Earl Skelton freed from US prison

Earl Skelton, a Virgin Islander who was arrested with three others for allegedly operating a complex cocaine and crack ring on St. Thomas and St. John in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in 2011, has been set free. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Earl Skelton, a Virgin Islander who was arrested with three others for allegedly operating a complex cocaine and crack ring on St. Thomas and St. John in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in 2011, has been set free.

According to information reaching Virgin Islands News Online, Mr Skelton was acquitted of the charges on July 26, 2013 after spending some two years in a US prison. Mr Skelton's liberty is allegedly as a result of a judge's ruling that there was not sufficient evidence against him. 

On April 5, 2012, Mr Skelton was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine; Jerome Potter of St. John was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and use of a communications device during the distribution of a controlled substance and James Stephens, who resides on St. Thomas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and the sale or distribution of a controlled substance. Furthermore, St. Thomas resident Kassar Chitolie was convicted of the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, sale or distribution of marijuana, and the use of a communications device during the distribution of marijuana as well.

The four men, and eight other St. John and St. Thomas residents, were nabbed by federal agents on May 6, 2011, after a sting operation which involved an early morning drop of a “fake 300-kilogram bail of cocaine” off the coast of St. John, according to reports.

Reports also state that the three men initially convicted with Mr Skelton remain incarcerated.

See previous story posted July 12, 2012

Earl Skelton fingered in USVI drug bust to know fate today!

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI – Earl Skelton, a Virgin Islander who was found guilty with three others for allegedly operating a complex cocaine and crack ring on St. Thomas and St. John in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), will know how many years he will spend behind bars today, July 12, 2012.

The men will appear in the District Court this morning.

On April 5, 2012 around 11:30 p.m. the jury presented the verdict to District Court Judge Curtis Gomez of the men’s guilt.

Skelton was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine; Jerome Potter of St. John was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and use of a communications device during the distribution of a controlled substance and James Stephens, who resides on St. Thomas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and the sale or distribution of a controlled substance.

Furthermore, St. Thomas resident Kassar Chitolie was convicted of the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, sale or distribution of marijuana, and the use of a communications device during the distribution of marijuana as well.

The four men, and eight other St. John and St. Thomas residents, were nabbed by federal agents on May 6, 2011, after a sting operation which involved an early morning drop of a “fake 300-kilogram bail of cocaine” off the coast of St. John, according to reports.

During the four-day trial, federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation shared details of their more than year-long investigation into the St. John and St. Thomas drug ring, according to reports.

Testimony detailed two confidential informants and more than 10,000 hours of wire-tapped cell phone conversations about drug deals, the V.I. Daily News had reported.

U.S. Virgin Islands attorneys Rafael Muilenburg represented Skelton; Boyd Sprehn represented Chitolie and Francis Jackson Jr. represented Stephens, according to the V.I. Daily News report. Potter was represented by Philadelphia-based attorney Daniel Cevallos.

27 Responses to “UPDATE: VIslander Earl Skelton freed from US prison”

  • Man Up (12/07/2012, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    oh no..brother how you get in this mess?
  • maytay (12/07/2012, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    i thought these skelton had money in abondence?
    • Zopari (12/07/2012, 18:32) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      You worried about their money? I'm more worried about you not being able to spell abundance!! Jeez, must you all show the world how retarded you are?
      • so so (12/07/2012, 23:44) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
        ok spelling police you won
      • BARBIE# (10/09/2013, 16:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Who cares about spelling its just a comment! OMG MAN! AND U GONE CALLING THE PERSON RETARDED,I WONDER IF U EVEN KNOW WHO THE PERSON IS.
  • family (12/07/2012, 09:38) Like (1) Dislike (24) Reply
    Is this Chad's brother or cousin?
  • hot tot (12/07/2012, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (23) Reply
    Dumb and UGLY tooo
  • j (12/07/2012, 13:50) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hes mad sexy in person tho
  • vix (12/07/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    vino i hope you got a ring side seat in rock city today deman...
  • good to great (12/07/2012, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (34) Reply
    oh no another skelton going jail but come on I do not think jail time is always the way? Send him back to the BVI he is our son..
    • Hmph (13/07/2012, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (29) Reply
      A Cornelius from Nevis! Even he mother aint a Skelton no more.
    • USA Student (14/07/2012, 22:41) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply
      gosh Uncle Sam will have two skeltons locked up...what ah ting to tell the king
  • taxpayer (15/07/2012, 20:40) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    OMG!!! another Skelton? Sooner than later we will have to change the name from BALSO to Skeltons Villa.
  • foxy (01/08/2013, 14:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    free at last free at last
  • ta ta (01/08/2013, 15:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so happy for you Earl..it was vino who brought it to us first...God has answered your family prayers
  • Hmm (01/08/2013, 15:55) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    SNITCH you can smell the cheese off over him
    • zzzzzz (02/08/2013, 14:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol learn to read! His case was (acquitted) meaning dropped....... and it says for not sufficient evidence against him.... not he was freed due to time for and plea bargain....... ps you should talk to myron about going back to school
  • Nino (01/08/2013, 17:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forget all the negativity, glad that your free my boy
  • ha (01/08/2013, 18:03) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow... these bloggers are a negative bunch... no matter the Headline... your lives must suck.
  • life lessons (01/08/2013, 19:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    rLet this be a lesson learnt Earl!
  • buy (02/08/2013, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he be a good boy and not follow bad company
  • ee (02/08/2013, 13:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Free as a bird yall


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