STT and Tortola Residents Sentenced on Drug Charges

Khadin Fahie, 23, of the British Virgin Islands, and Jesus Rosario- Rondon, 40, a resident of St. Thomas, were both sentenced on an information charging both men with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Fahie on Thursday to 86 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release. Rondon received a sentence of 81 months imprisonment and five years supervised release. Gomez ordered both men to perform 400 hours of community service.

According to court documents, a Virgin Islands Police Department officer conducted a routine traffic stop of an unregistered SUV operated by Rondon. Fahie was a passenger in the vehicle. The officer saw two large duffle bags in the back seat of the SUV and asked if either owned the bags. Fahie and Rondon both responded that the duffle bags belonged to the other person. The officer then requested and received permission to search the duffle bags and discovered 39 bricks of cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virgin Islands Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Delia L. Smith.