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District of Virgin Islands

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dominican Republic Man Who Was Apprehended After Departing the St. John Car Barge Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Possess 55 Kilograms of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute

St. Thomas, USVI – Reynaldo Lerburds, 41, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty today in District Court before Judge Curtis V. Gomez, to conspiracy to possess 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, Lerburds was stopped by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) based upon information that Lerburds was coming from St. John on the car barge in a vehicle that contained a distribution quantity of cocaine. Lerburds was apprehended after departing the car barge, and DEA agents confiscated 50 brick-like objects of a white powdery substance. The white powdery substance tested positive for cocaine and weighed approximately 55 kilograms.

Lerburds faces a sentence of not less than 10 years or more than life and a fine of $10,000,000.00.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated August 3, 2018