80.3 F
Charlotte Amalie
Friday, May 27, 2022
HomeNewsLocal newsBVI Man Pleads Guilty to Alien Smuggling

BVI Man Pleads Guilty to Alien Smuggling

Ashemba Frett, 22, of Tortola, BVI, pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court to encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

According to the plea agreement, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a safety stop on a vessel in Jersey Bay, St. Thomas. The vessel was operated by an unidentified individual; the Coast Guard saw Frett jump into the water and retrieved him; a Haitian national and a national from the Dominican Republic were aboard the vessel.

Frett admitted that the Dominican Republic national paid him $700 to travel to St. Thomas from Tortola and that Frett knew that he did not possess proper documents to lawfully enter the United States.

Frett faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for July 7.

Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)

District Judge Curtis V. Gomez continued Frett on pre-trial release pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by the USSG, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,726FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more

Ashemba Frett, 22, of Tortola, BVI, pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court to encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

According to the plea agreement, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a safety stop on a vessel in Jersey Bay, St. Thomas. The vessel was operated by an unidentified individual; the Coast Guard saw Frett jump into the water and retrieved him; a Haitian national and a national from the Dominican Republic were aboard the vessel.

Frett admitted that the Dominican Republic national paid him $700 to travel to St. Thomas from Tortola and that Frett knew that he did not possess proper documents to lawfully enter the United States.

Frett faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for July 7.

District Judge Curtis V. Gomez continued Frett on pre-trial release pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by the USSG, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.