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Dominican Republic Native Stashes 4.4 Pounds Of Cocaine In Electronic Equipment And Mails It

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic admitted in federal court that he put 4.4 pounds of cocaine in electronic equipment and mailed it to himself.

Braulio Martinez, 33, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Judge Curtis Gomez to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Sentencing is set for December 6, 2018.

According to the plea agreement, on or about July 25th, 2017, Martinez distributed two kilograms of cocaine from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland by mailing the two kilograms inside electronic equipment.

Martinez faces a minimum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000.00.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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