A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment Thursday charging Kasimir Asim McClean, 37, of St. Thomas, with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.
McClean was arrested Sept. 26 and released pending trial, Sharpe said when announcing the indictment. McClean is awaiting arraignment and advise of rights.
According to the indictment and court documents, McClean was a passenger on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia to the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with the assistance of a canine, found approximately five kilos of marijuana in his luggage.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.