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Dominican Republic Man Admits To Sending Nine Pounds of Cocaine Through U.S. Mail

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man from the Dominican Republic admitted in federal court today that he mailed about nine pounds of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service.

Domingo Diaz Diaz, 40, of Santo Domingo, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Diaz was remanded pending a sentencing hearing set for June 13, according to Shappert.

According to court records, in February of 2016, Diaz mailed two packages through the Ottley Post Office in Sugar Estate that contained about four kilograms (8.81 pounds) of cocaine, a controlled substance.

Court records indicate that Diaz’ latent prints were subsequently recovered from inside the package.

Diaz faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years. He also faces a fine of up to $5 million and four years of supervised release after prison.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

By John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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