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St. Thomas’ Reinaldo Morone Gets Five Years In Prison For Trying To Sell Four Kilos Of Cocaine In Charlotte Amalie

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was ordered by a federal judge to serve five years in prison after admitting to trying to sell nearly nine pounds of cocaine in the territory.

Reinaldo Morone, 44, was sentenced on Wednesday to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Morone to serve five years of supervised release, pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 400 hours of community service, Hewlett said.

On December 12, 2016, Morone pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

According to the plea agreement, on October 20, 2016, Morone attempted to sell to somebody about four kilograms of a white powdery substance that later tested positive as cocaine.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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