Daniell Sherre Combs, 31, of Atlanta and C’quan Celestine, 21, of St. Thomas made their initial appearance Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller after being charged in a complaint with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and hashish, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced Tuesday.
Combs and Celestine were detained pending preliminary and detention hearings set for Wednesday.
According to the complaint, Combs and Celestine arrived together Friday at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers approached Combs and Celestine after they had removed their bags from the carousel in the baggage claim area.
They were taken to secondary inspection where CBP officers searched their bags and allegedly found a large plastic bag of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, four bottles of oil that tested positive for THC (hashish), 63 grams of hashish, and several baked goods laced with marijuana, according to the report.
Under federal law if convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana or hashish, Combs and Celestine face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.