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Federal, State and Local Authorities Team up to Nab Twins

December 21, 2010
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Drugs, Cash, Weapons and Ammunition

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents working jointly with the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department Territorial Anti-Gang Intervention Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Virgin Islands Port Authority arrested the twin brothers Wayne and Dwayne Dennis on possession of illegal drugs and arms charges.

Wayne and Dwayne Dennis, 31, of Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands, were arrested Monday, December 20 during the execution of two federal search warrants at 159 Diamond Ruby and Carib Villas I in Christiansted. The two brothers had been convicted of possession with intent to distributed controlled substances in 1999.

During the search warrant at 159 Diamond Ruby, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, 60 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, and $1,400 in cash were seized.  The search at the second address, Carib Villas I, yielded approximately half pound of cocaine, two handguns, one machine gun, a bullet proof vest, assorted ammunition and $1,110 cash.

“We will continue using our robust investigative authorities to identify and apprehend those who in flagrant disregard of our laws continue terrorizing our communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  “Our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will not rest until we put these criminals out of business.”

U.S. Virgin Islands Police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis, Jr., said, “The twins have eluded the criminal justice system for some time.  When you look at the gun and drugs confiscated and the level of violent acts perpetrated by these two, I can only conclude that the community would be better off when they are behind bars.”

Both brothers had their initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate George Cannon Monday afternoon.  They were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals and transferred to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility awaiting the outcome their cases.

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