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

St. Thomas, VI – United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced today that Eleuterio Gomez Murillo, 53, of Colombia, and Randall Vasquez, 47, and Mainor Salazar Montero, 34, both of Costa Rica, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller to possession with intent to distribute cocaine onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

According to court documents, on November 26, 2020, the United States Coast Guard intercepted a vessel in international waters approximately 115 nautical miles from Isla Malpelo, Colombia. On board the vessel were the three defendants, multiple cannisters of fuel and 383 kilograms of cocaine. For their convictions, Murillo, Vasquez and Salazar Montero face a sentence of up to 20 years of imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the United States Coast Guard and Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Updated May 8, 2024

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