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Dominican Republic Man Admits To Sending Nine Pounds of Cocaine Through U.S. Mail

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man from the Dominican Republic admitted in federal court today that he mailed about nine pounds of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service.

Domingo Diaz Diaz, 40, of Santo Domingo, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Diaz was remanded pending a sentencing hearing set for June 13, according to Shappert.

According to court records, in February of 2016, Diaz mailed two packages through the Ottley Post Office in Sugar Estate that contained about four kilograms (8.81 pounds) of cocaine, a controlled substance.

Court records indicate that Diaz’ latent prints were subsequently recovered from inside the package.

Diaz faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years. He also faces a fine of up to $5 million and four years of supervised release after prison.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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