Security officer for USVI governor accused of drug smuggling

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) " A security officer for the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has been charged with attempting to smuggle 21 kilograms (48 pounds) of cocaine aboard a commercial plane bound for South Florida.

The local U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday that 37-year-old Neal Chesterfield used his credentials to bypass screening as he prepared to board a flight Saturday from St. Thomas. Officials said that they found the drugs in his carry-on luggage and that they also seized more than $26,000 in cash from his computer bag.

It was not immediately clear if Chesterfield had an attorney. He is being held pending trial.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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