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Dominican Man De Jesus Gets 3.4 Years In Prison For Trying To Move 13 Pounds of Cocaine From Tortola To Hull Bay


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Estanislao De Jesus, 47, of the Dominican Republic, to 41 months’ imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Judge Gomez also ordered De Jesus to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 300 hours of community service. On September 1, 2016, De Jesus pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to the plea agreement, on May 7, 2016, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested De Jesus and co-defendant Tomas Liriano-Castillo at Hull Bay, St. Thomas.

At the time of his arrest, De Jesus had been awaiting Liriano-Castillo’s arrival by boat from Tortola with six kilograms of cocaine.

De Jesus admitted that he knew Liriano-Castillo had gone to Tortola to bring back cocaine to sell in St. Thomas. Liriano-Castillo’s sentencing is set for February 2, 2017.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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