Cocaine Sentence Gets Puerto Rico Man 126 Months

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Jose Luis Ponce-Pagan, 36, of Puerto Rico to 126 months in prison and five years’ supervised release for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe reported Wednesday.

Gomez also ordered Ponce-Pagan to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 300 hours of community service.

According to Sharpe, Ponce-Pagan pleaded guilty on March 29 to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between Aug. 30, 2015, and Sept. 3, 2015, Ponce-Pagan and at least one other person arranged to purchase approximately 100 kilograms of cocaine on St. Thomas for distribution in Puerto Rico.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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