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.