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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 14, 2016