District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Thursday sentenced Eddie Lopez-Lopez to 33 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
The conviction and sentencing was part of the drug trafficking investigation of eight other original defendants, including Robert Tapia, the former director of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Enforcement.
According to court records, Lopez-Lopez was arrested May 18, 2013, and on Nov. 7 was charged in a 69-count indictment charging various drug trafficking offenses. The other defendants included Tapia, former V.I. Police Department Sgt. Angelo Hill and Hector Alcenio.
Lopez-Lopez pleaded guilty on Jan. 29 to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
In April, Tapia was sentenced to 70 months in prison and Hill was sentenced to 21 months. Alcenio was sentenced in May to 30 months in prison.
The case was investigated by the Public Corruption Task Force, which comprises the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration); the Virgin Islands Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; United States Coast Guard; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly B. Lake and Kim Lindquist prosecuted the case against Lopez-Lopez.