A man attempting to board a plane to Florida was arrested Tuesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered about 6.6 pounds of cocaine in his luggage, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

The man, Kareme Holst, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

A detention hearing is scheduled for today. The incident occurred at around 2:08 p.m. Tuesday at Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, when U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers were inspecting passengers departing on an American Airlines flight to Miami, according to an affidavit.

If convicted, Holst is facing between five and 40 years in prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

Holt was advised of his rights by Homeland Security agents “but began acting belligerent and extremely combative,” and agents “were unable to interview Holst,” according to the affidavit.

The white powder tested positive for cocaine, and weighed a total of 3 kilograms, or 6.6 pounds.

If convicted, Holst is facing between five and 40 years in prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

“A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors,” according to the news release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry is prosecuting the case.

- Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email scarlson@dailynews.vi.