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Two Men Sentenced For Conspiracy To Buy And Sell 4.5 Kilos Of Cocaine

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two men were sentenced to five years and 2.8 years in prison respectively by a federal judge in St. Thomas on Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiring to get and sell 4.5 kilos of cocaine, according to authorities.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced 37-year-old Hugo Ogando to serve 60 months in prison and 39-year-old Mario De Los Santos to serve 34 months in prison for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Cole said.

Judge Gomez also sentenced each man to serve four years of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment.

Ogando and De Los Santos pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute on August 26, 2015 and August 24, 2015, respectively.

As part of their pleas, Ogando and De Los Santos admitted that they agreed to sell 4.5 kilograms of cocaine. Members of the DEA arrested them on April 22, 2015, when they attempted to complete the sale.

The case was investigated by the DEA and 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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