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Sergio Quinones-Davila Gets 23 Years For Heading Up Cocaine Trafficking Organization

CONVICTED! Sergio Quinones-Davila of Florida must serve 23 years in prison by order of a federal judge.

CHRISTIANSTED – A Florida man was handed a 23-year prison sentence by a federal judge who said that he was the “organizer” of Venenuela to Virgin Islands cocaine trafficking operation.

U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis, on Tuesday sentenced Sergio Quinones-Davila, 44, of Orlando to 276 months in prison for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent       to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Quinones-Davila to five years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay a fine of $10,000.000 and a special assessment of $400.00, according to Shappert.

On June 26, 2018, a federal jury convicted Quinones-Davila along with five co-defendants on cocaine related charges. Evidence at trial revealed that the organization planned the retrieval of over 300 kilograms of cocaine during the period of the conspiracy which existed from January 2014 to March 2016. Quinones-Davila functioned as a leader in the drug trafficking organization.

He organized the mid-sea retrieval of 35 kilograms of cocaine in August 2014, 71 kilograms of cocaine in October 2014, 80 kilograms of cocaine in November 2014 and 87 kilograms of cocaine in November 2015. Except for the one in November 2014, all other shipments were successfully retrieved and transported, via boat, to St. Croix.

On November 14, 2015, law enforcement agents seized the 87 kilogram shipment packaged in four suitcases on a beach at Knight’s Bay on St. Croix.

They apprehended four members of the organization.

Fourteen individuals were originally charged as part of the drug trafficking organization.

Prior to trial six defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced. Of the six defendants that went to trial two others have been sentenced: Jesus Burgos-Montanez was sentenced to 68 months; and Jose Hodge was sentenced to 240 months.

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

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alphonso G. Andrews, Jr. and Everard E. Potter.

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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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