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Car Accident Leads to Guilty Plea on Marijuana Charge

Khalid Blyden of St. Thomas on Monday entered a guilty plea in District Court on St. Thomas to on charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced in a news release.

According to the written plea agreement entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, Blyden had been involved in an automobile accident on Aug. 21. A responding V.I. Police Department officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car driven by Blyden, the court document said. Officers searched the car and found a backpack with a large plastic bag inside containing 15.6 ounces of marijuana, an AR-15 pistol and a box of ammunition.

Blyden admitted as true that he was in possession of the marijuana and firearm. Court records reveal that Blyden attempted to flee but was detained by VIPD officers.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

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The case was investigated by the VIPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Virgin Islands.

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Khalid Blyden of St. Thomas on Monday entered a guilty plea in District Court on St. Thomas to on charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced in a news release. According to the written plea agreement entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, Blyden had been involved in an automobile accident on Aug. 21. A responding V.I. Police Department officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car driven by Blyden, the court document said. Officers searched the car and found a backpack with a large plastic bag inside containing 15.6 ounces of marijuana, an AR-15 pistol and a box of ammunition. Blyden admitted as true that he was in possession of the marijuana and firearm. Court records reveal that Blyden attempted to flee but was detained by VIPD officers. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled. The case was investigated by the VIPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Virgin Islands.