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Conviction Nets a Five-Year Sentence

Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis, Wednesday in District Court on St. Croix, sentenced Rakem Hendrickson, 29, of St. Croix, on the charge of use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Lewis sentenced Hendrickson to a five-year prison term, a four-year period of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, and a special assessment of $100.

According to court documents, on Feb. 16, 2018, the Virgin Islands Police Department received a tip from a concerned citizen that Hendrickson was selling drugs from his Jeep Wrangler, that Hendrickson was known to carry a firearm, and that he routinely parked the Jeep in the vicinity of Dynasty (Paul’s) Grocery Store.

VIPD officers established surveillance at that location and observed Hendrickson park and exit his vehicle. Officers observed drug paraphernalia consisting of a clear plastic bag containing multiple vials in plain view, located in the back of Hendrickson’s Jeep. Shortly thereafter, officers obtained and executed a search warrant. As a result, officers located and confiscated a loaded Glock 22 Austria handgun, two additional magazines, 82 rounds of ammunition, approximately 133 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia in the form of 94 plastic vials, a digital scale, two mason jars, plastic baggies, and $2,584 cash.

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The foregoing occurred within 1,000 feet of the Lew Muckle Elementary School, records show.

The Virgin Islands Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. The DEA Southeast Laboratory in Miami analyzed the marijuana.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.

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