Boat captain who smuggled Indians who first travelled to St. Kitts jailed in St. Thomas

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Basseterre, St. Kitts,  – A United States Virgin Islands boat captain, who assisted Indian nationals who travelled from India to St. Kitts and then boarded commercial flights to Tortola, British Virgin Islands to enter the United States Virgin Islands illegally, has been jailed for conspiracy to traffic illegal immigrants.

Steven Lewis, 57, of St. Thomas was sentenced by District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez to 12 months and one day in prison on March 22, 2018.

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 documents filed in court, Lewis and others assisted Indian nationals travelling from India to enter the United States illegally.

The Indian nationals travelled from India to St. Kitts and then boarded commercial flights to Tortola, 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.

Lewis faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by Home Land Security Investigations, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.