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Dominican Native Pleads Guilty To Smuggling 13 Pounds Of Cocaine From Tortola To Hull Bay


Estanislao de Jesus at home in the DR

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 47-year-old native of the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty to smuggling 13.23 pounds of cocaine from the British Virgin Islands to St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Estanislao De Jesus of Santo Domingo, admitted to the charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing for De Jesus is scheduled for January 5, 2017.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 7, 2016, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested De Jesus and Tomas Liriano-Castillo after Liriano-Castillo traveled by boat from Tortola to Hull Bay, St. Thomas, with six kilograms of cocaine.

De Jesus admitted that he knew Liriano-Castillo went to Tortola to bring back cocaine to sell in St. Thomas.

De Jesus faces a minimum sentence of not less than five years, and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He also faces a $5 million fine.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

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


LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCO: Estanislao De Jesus with a lady friend in happier times.

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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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