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Two St. Thomas Men Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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

St. Thomas, USVI – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Hugo Ogando, 37, to serve 60 months in prison and Mario De Los Santos, 39, to serve 34 months in prison for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Cole announced. Judge Gomez also sentenced both men to serve four years of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment.

Ogando and De Los Santos pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute on August 26, 2015 and August 24, 2015, respectively. As part of their pleas, Ogando and De Los Santos admitted that they agreed to sell 4.5 kilograms of cocaine. Members of the DEA arrested them on April 22, 2015, when they attempted to complete the sale.

This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated January 14, 2016

Drug Trafficking