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Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

Juan Carlos Seguinot-Martinez, 34, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty Friday in District Court on St. Croix to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

As part of his plea, Seguinot-Martinez admitted that in December 2014, while he was on St. Croix, he purchased at least 500 grams of cocaine and mailed it to Buffalo, New York, according to Sharpe’s news release. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted the package.

Seguinot-Martinez lives in Puerto Rico.

He is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 19.

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The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alphonso Andrews and Rami S. Badawy.