ST. THOMAS — Calvin Benjamin, 50, of St. Thomas and Stephen Bernier, 53 of St. Croix have pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced Friday.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Benjamin and Bernier admitted that from January 10, 2016 to March 8, 2017, they conspired with others to possess and distribute approximately 140 kilograms of marijuana through the United States Postal Service.
Benjamin and Bernier each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for March 1, 2018 for Benjamin and March 8, 2018 for Bernier.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. TejoSprotte.