Venezuelan Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Distribute
St. Croix, USVI – Alejandro Marva-Romero, 32, of Venezuela, pleaded guilty today in federal court on St. Croix to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
On November 13, 2015, Marva-Romero and other co-defendants, who were on a boat, retrieved a load of cocaine mid-sea from another boat. They transported the drugs to St. Croix and offloaded them at a beach called Knight’s Bay. Law enforcement tracked the boat returning to St. Croix and apprehended Marva-Romero and two co-defendants on the beach in close proximity to the suitcases. The suitcases contained 87 kilograms of cocaine.
Marva-Romero faces up to life imprisonment for the offense and a fine of up to $10,000,000. A sentencing date has been set for January 13, 2017.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.