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Dominican Republic Man Who Shipped Narcotics through the U.S. Mails Pleads Guilty to Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI – Braulio Martinez, 33, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty today in District Court before Judge Curtis V. Gomez to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Sentencing is set for December 6, 2018.

According to the plea agreement, on or about July 25th, 2017, Martinez distributed two kilograms of cocaine from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland by mailing the two kilograms inside electronic equipment.

Martinez faces a minimum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000.00.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS) and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated August 3, 2018

Drug Trafficking