An American boat captain has been sentenced to five years in prison in the British Virgin Islands for his drug-smuggling conviction.
Ronald Weisel was captain of the 39-foot Captain Ron in December 2008 when police searched the boat and found 56 kilograms of cocaine. Authorities valued the load at $5.6 million. The New York native was living in St. Thomas at the time.
Weisel was convicted in April of charges that included importation of cocaine. Another man on board was acquitted at a separate trial.
Judge Valerie Stephens imposed Weisel's sentence Monday. She rejected a request from the defendant's brother to release Weisel to seek psychiatric help for a brain injury from a 1984 car accident.