78.5 F
Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, February 29, 2024
HomeNewsPolice & CourtsCosta Rican Man Sentenced for Smuggling Over 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana

Costa Rican Man Sentenced for Smuggling Over 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana

Luis Orellana-Orellana, 59, of Costa Rica, was sentenced by Judge Wilma Lewis to 37 months incarceration after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute over 4,000 pounds of marijuana on board a vessel subject to jurisdiction of the United States, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Friday.

According to court documents, on Nov. 7, 2022, while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Pacific, 65 nautical miles South of Boca Chica, Panama, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Campbell intercepted a go-fast vessel with no physical flag flown and no registration documents onboard. Bundles of contraband were visible on the deck of the go-fast vessel and Orellana-Orellana, Keyran Coto-Lopez and Alonso Hernandez-Hernandez were found on board. One of the three men on board claimed Colombian nationality for the go-fast vessel, but the Colombian Government neither confirmed nor denied nationality of the vessel. A search of the go-fast vessel by Coast Guard officers resulted in the recovery of 4,104 pounds of marijuana. Coto-Lopez was sentenced by Judge Lewisto to 48 months following his guilty plea, and Hernandez-Hernandez awaits a sentencing date.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.