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Puerto Rico Native Gamalier Rohlsen-Arizmendi Given Just Five Years In Prison For Bringing 191 Pounds of Cocaine To St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED – A Puerto Rican native with a history of drug offenses going back to 2010, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to just five years in prison for bringing at least 191 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix.

Gamalier Rohlsen-Arizmendi, 24, of Puerto Rico, was given 63 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Finch for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Finch also sentenced Rohlsen-Arizmendi to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a special assessment of $100. Rohlsen-Arizmendi had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on July 27, 2016, Sharpe said.

On November 12, 2015, he along with other coconspirator arrived on St. Croix to retrieve a load of cocaine at sea. Law enforcement agents observed Rohlsen-Arizmendi leave St. Croix by boat on November 13, 2015.

At about 1:30 a.m. the next day, law enforcement tracked the same boat returning to St. Croix to Knight’s Bay Beach.

Upon arriving there, they located Rohlsen-Arizmendi with two of his co-conspirators in close proximity to four suitcases which contained 87 kilograms (191.80 pounds) of cocaine.

All three men were charged as part of a large drug conspiracy involving 15 defendants.

Seven of them have entered guilty pleas.

The others are scheduled for trial on April 25, 2017.

According to police records, Rohlsen-Arizmendi was arrested for marijuana possession in the state of Florida on Sept. 6, 2010.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso G. Andrews, Jr.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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