Dominican jailed in USVI for alien smuggling

The boat with the Haitians was intercepted by the US Coast Guard. Photo: Virgin Island Consortium
The boat with the Haitians was intercepted by the US Coast Guard. Photo: Virgin Island Consortium

Dominican, Jeard Shillingford, has been given an 18-month sentence in the United States Virgin Islands for encouraging and inducing illegal immigrants to enter the United States for commercial or financial gain.

Shillingford and a Grenadian national pleaded guilty in June for attempting to smuggle 61 Haitian nationals into the United States.

They were sentenced earlier this week.

Reports are that the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a boat named, S/V Annpurna, off the coast of St. John on June 10. The Haitians were found aboard the boat.

Court documents show that the boat was operated by Shillingford and the Grenadian national, Kenrick Christopher.

The two were also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release.

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16 Comments

  1. October 23, 2015

    If only people knew how hard-working it is to live in those mega countries–especially when they have just entered those countries and thinking of claiming refugee status–they would choose to stay at home, where they truly belong

    The grass may be burnt dry on their side, but it is definitely not greener on the other side–especially if they don’t the immediate financial resource to start a new way of living–for that is what it really is.

    Personally I did not have to encounter such problems, in that I landed in Canada with my papers for Landed Immigrant Status–with that qualification I was entitled to do anything or receive any help from the Government; it was so easy for me that I waited 11 to apply for Citizenship Status.

    Today we don’t have that kind of milk and honey, pertaining to entering and wanting to live in those countries because of the way, we ourselves, have abused the “Refugee Claimant System”.–to begin with.

    • October 23, 2015

      On the other note, I feel for those people; I am sure that those two men took all the money they had–it is so unfair to simply prey on people who are weaker than ourselves; but that is what the love of money does, that is the reason God’s Word says “the love of money is the root of all evil–it really, really is.

      An so, people, try to remember that we all have it hard regardless or where we live–money, fame, high status, and popularity is not the answer if that is what you leave your home to go seeking for–those who have all of that luxury get sick of it, right to the act of suicide time and again.

      Stay where you are; have faith and trust in God; believe that He has a plan for you and that plan will come to pass, for His glory.

      The problem with us is that we are always so quick to take the matter into our own hands–we think that we can fix everything; but that is not so–for we simply make matters worse, and yet we never learn from our mistakes.

  2. October 22, 2015

    It was time i really used to wonder how these haitians reach american shores without visa

  3. The Real Facts
    October 22, 2015

    They took a big chance. Where did they expect to land away from the scrutiny of immigration if they did not get caught?
    Are those guys aware that the government is on the lookout for such boats, not only for illegal drugs but also for refugees?
    At least the group arrived safely.
    I wonder if the US government will return the Haitians to their country?
    What about the money paid to those guys?
    People are not so stupid as we think they are. They probably knew they would get caught but they took the Haitians anyway, at a cost, believing that once they landed in the US they could file for refugee status.
    They are fortunate that they only got a few years.
    I suppose upon release from prison, if they are not US citizens they will be deported.

  4. Music Producer
    October 21, 2015

    8-O 8-O 8-O alien smuggling? I thought they did not exist 8-O 8-O 8-O :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • The Real Facts
      October 22, 2015

      Do you not know that alien has different meanings? Here are two of them:
      Non-citizen resident of country – a citizen of a country other than the one he or she is currently in.
      Outsider – somebody who does not belong to or does not feel accepted by a group or society.

    • Jesus is Christ is lord
      October 22, 2015

      hmm u seem uneducated

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    October 21, 2015

    Well, well, it’s about time that a Dominican made the news for smuggling human beings from one country to the next. Everyone is doing it. I’m rather surprised that it took one of our nationals this long to get involved in the game. Anyway, “When you do the crime always remember that you will do the time.”

  6. Shocked
    October 21, 2015

    Who knew Dominicans were so anti immigrant. But allu sitting pretty receiving barrels from Amewecah from aunty suzy who overstayed her visa and babysitting 2 jobs. Smh. People gravitate where the grass seems greener. Of course the authorities have a job to do. But people just want to feed their kids. Magwe sa. All of a sudden my people get greedy and heartless. Stupes.

  7. derp
    October 21, 2015
    • crapaud
      October 22, 2015

      What I reading dere nuh?????

    • ArayofLight
      October 22, 2015

      you serious 8-O i read this and ……………….more details pls hmmmmm

  8. Former student
    October 21, 2015

    Well at least the Haitians had on life jackets. …

    • james brown
      October 21, 2015

      lol

    • LawieBawie
      October 21, 2015

      More than likely those were US Coastguard issued life jackets.

  9. October 21, 2015

    Now we see them then we dont. See who`s doing it? they already been found guilty and sentenced, therefor its not an allegation. Say there`s no jobs, hense the reason for all this. We are hoping to hear where those those people orginated from, where they borded that ship. So called big name in big business. Thanks to the coast Guard. Great job guys smoke them where ever they are.

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