Bert Donadelle, Jr., 25 of Atlanta, made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller Monday after being charged in a complaint with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.
Donadelle was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond into the third-party custody of his mother pending further proceedings.
According to the complaint, on Sunday at the Cyril E. King Airport, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 detected narcotics in a checked bag belonging to Donadelle, who had arrived on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta. CBP officers examined the contents of the bag, resealed it, and placed it on the carousel for retrieval. Donadelle retrieved the bag, and a second checked bag bearing his name, from the baggage claim area. CBP officers seized and field tested a total of approximately eight kilograms of marijuana from Donadelle’s bags.
Under federal law, if convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Bailey faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim L. Chisholm.