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Two Plead Guilty To Cocaine Trafficking Charges in St. Thomas

hugo ogando

                   Hugo Ogando

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Hugo Ogando, 37, and Mario De Los Santos, 39, pleaded guilty this week in District Court on St. Thomas to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on April 21, and 22, 2015, Ogando and De Los Santos agreed to sell 4.5 kilograms of cocaine. Members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested them when they attempted the sale.

The drug trafficking conspiracy charge to which they pleaded guilty carries a sentence of not less than five years and up to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of $5 million.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 18, 2015.

The case is the result of an investigation by the DEA. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

mario de los santos

                     Mario De Los Santos

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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