Federal Court Convicts Puerto Rican Man of Cocaine Smuggling Through CEKA

Carlos Gascot Concepcion, 46, of Puerto Rico, was found guilty following a two-day jury trial of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Chief District Judge Robert A. Molloy scheduled Gascot Concepcion’s sentencing for Oct. 4, where he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Wednesday.

According to court documents, on Oct. 4, 2023, Gascot Concepcion arrived at the Cyril
E. King Airport on St. Thomas attempting to board a flight to Puerto Rico. After clearing Customs, Gascot Concepcion was stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers for an inspection of his suitcase. During the inspection, officers discovered a brick-shaped package containing one kilogram of cocaine.