St. Thomas, USVI – United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that Kemo Riley, 43, of St. Thomas was sentenced for mailing a package containing cocaine.
According to court documents filed in this case, Riley mailed a package to an individual in New York containing more than 250 grams of cocaine concealed in candy bar wrappers. The package was mailed from the Ottley post office in St. Thomas, V.I. and it was seized on May 28, 2019 by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in San Juan, P.R. who discovered the cocaine inside the candy wrappers. Surveillance video from the Ottley post office showed Riley mailing the package. Riley had been previously convicted for unauthorized possession of a firearm in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.
United States District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy sentenced Riley to fifteen (15) months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Homeland Security, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Juan Albino and Nathan Brooks.