3rd April, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – A 57-year old, sea captain has been sentenced to twelve months and a day in prison in his native St. Thomas for smuggling people into the United States Virgin Islands from St. Kitts and Nevis.
Steven Lewis’ sentence was handed down on March 22, 2018 in St. Thomas by District Court Judge V. Gomez, after he was found guilty of smuggling.
Judge Gomez also sentenced Lewis to three years of supervised release, ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 400 hours of community service.
On October 31, 2017, Lewis pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to bring in and harbor illegal aliens in the United States.
According to facts revealed during the trial, Lewis, and others, assisted a number of Indian nationals to enter the United States illegally.
The Indian nationals were revealed to have traveled from India to St. Kitts and Nevis where they would then board commercial flights to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
Once in Tortola, they were transported by boat to St. Thomas, where arrangements were made to transport them to the mainland, United States.
The case was investigated by Home Land Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.