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Mastermind behind cocaine trafficking gets 23 years in jail

Mastermind behind cocaine trafficking organization gets 23 years in jail. Photo: VI CONSORTIUM

KNIGHT’S BAY, St. Croix, USVI — District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis, on November 13, 2018, sentenced Sergio Quinones-Davila, age 44, of Orlando, Florida, to 276 months (23 yrs) in prison for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Quinones-Davila to five years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay a fine of $10,000 and a special assessment of $400.00.

On June 26, 2018, a federal jury convicted Quinones-Davila along with five co-defendants on cocaine related charges.

Evidence at trial revealed that the organization planned the retrieval of over 300 kilograms of cocaine during the period of the conspiracy which existed from January 2014 to March 2016.

Quinones-Davila functioned as a leader in the drug trafficking organization.

He organized the mid-sea retrieval of 35 kilograms of cocaine in August 2014, 71 kilograms of cocaine in October 2014, 80 kilograms of cocaine in November 2014 and 87 kilograms of cocaine in November 2015, according to the District Court’s release.

Except for the one in November 2014, all other shipments were successfully retrieved and transported, via boat, to St. Croix.

On November 14, 2015, law enforcement agents seized the 87 kilogram shipment packaged in four suitcases on a beach at Knight’s Bay on St. Croix. They apprehended four members of the organization, the release said.

Fourteen individuals were originally charged as part of the drug trafficking organization. Prior to trial six defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced. Of the six defendants that went to trial two others have been sentenced: Jesus Burgos-Montanez was sentenced to 68 months; and Jose Hodge was sentenced to 240 months.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alphonso G. Andrews, Jr. and Everard E. Potter.


6 Responses to “Mastermind behind cocaine trafficking gets 23 years in jail”

  • Clean out time! (14/11/2018, 23:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good riddance from society. BVI Next with Magistrate Innocent- No pon intended.
  • BRAD BOYNES (15/11/2018, 04:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job
  • Not2Sure (15/11/2018, 07:49) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    The time has come to legalized this stuff other countries are making millions while we put people in jail
    • To not2sure (16/11/2018, 01:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where in the world is cocaine legal can you please tell me
    • Yes (16/11/2018, 19:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This isnt weed fam. There is no country in the world where this is legal. You must be high.
  • Hmmm (15/11/2018, 14:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We don’t need drugs in our community. Punish all those involved to full extent.

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