By Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. attorney in New Orleans says a Boston man has pleaded guilty to drug charges brought in both Louisiana and Georgia.

Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says 24-year-old Maximo Stiven Bernabel-Pena pleaded guilty Friday to drug conspiracy charges brought in Georgia. He says Bernabel-Pena was among 12 people indicted after an 18-month investigation in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas. Polite’s news release says investigators confiscated $1 million in alleged drug proceeds and more than 150 pounds of cocaine.

Polite says Bernabel-Pena also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine hydrochloride and possessing the drug with intent to distribute it. He says Louisiana state troopers found 14 pounds of cocaine after stopping Bernabel-Pena for a traffic violation on Interstate 12 in Hammond and then bringing in a drug-sniffing dog.

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