Former King Airport employee gets 151 months in drug case


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ST. THOMAS - District Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced a former airport employee to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

A federal jury found Isa Noel, 25, guilty of the charges in November after four co-conspirators who had taken plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney's Office testified at his trial.

Noel, who was a supervisor and baggage handler with GCG Ground Services at King Airport on St. Thomas, used his position to smuggle cocaine to a co-conspirator in the restroom at the airport.

Noel and three other men - baggage handlers Joelvis Acosta Liz and Kirsten Alexander and gift shop worker Edisson Peguero Ortiz - used their positions at the airport to arrange the sale and transport of cocaine from November 2011 to October 2012.

They marked checked luggage containing narcotics with colored scarves to facilitate the baggage passing through security and then passed off the packages of cocaine in the airport restrooms.

Liz, Ortiz and Alexander were sentenced earlier this month, with Liz receiving 24 months imprisonment and Ortiz receiving 27. Alexander was sentenced to time served, which was a little more than four months.

Another co-conspirator, Allen Pacquette, also was named in a statement about Noel's sentencing that was issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. However, Pacquette's case is not listed in the court database for the U.S. District Court in the Virgin Islands.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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