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BVIslander Gets Three Years, St. Thomian Gets 4.25 Years After 2.2 Pound Cocaine Conspiracy Convictions

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A British Virgin Islands man was given three years in prison and a St. Thomas man was given more than four years in prison for their convictions in a conspiracy involving 2.2 pounds of cocaine.

Dexter Harley, 32, of Tortola, and Jose Squiabro, 44, of St. Thomas, were sentenced for their roles in connection with a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram of cocaine, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Curtis Gomez sentenced Harley to 36 months in prison on Thursday and Judge Gomez sentenced Squiabro to 51 months in prison today.

Harley and Squiabro were each sentenced to four years of supervised release following their period of incarceration. In addition, Judge Gomez ordered Harley and Squiabro to each pay a $100 special assessment and perform 200 hours of community service.

On April 23 and 25, 2018, Harley and Squiabro, respectively, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram of cocaine.

According to the plea agreements filed with the court, Harley and Squiabro conspired with each other between December 15, 2015 and February 9, 2016 to sell one kilogram of cocaine to another unnamed person.

This case was a result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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