Puerto Rico Native Given 10.5 Years In Prison For Trying To Buy 100 Kilos Of Cocaine In St. Thomas
What 100 kilos of cocaine looks like
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Puerto Rico native to 10.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution conspiracy-related charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jose Luis Ponce-Pagan was ordered to serve 126 months behind bars for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
Under terms of the court decision, Ponce-Pagan also must serve five years’ supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment and perform 300 hours of community service, Sharpe said.
On March 29, 2016, Ponce-Pagan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between August 30, 2015, and September 3, 2015, Ponce-Pagan and at least one other person arranged to purchase approximately 100 kilograms of cocaine on St. Thomas for distribution in Puerto Rico.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.