- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A guilty plea in a federal court in New Orleans is the latest in a multi-state cocaine investigation.

Court records show that 34-year-old Sergio Grimaldo pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single federal count accusing him of conspiring to distribute cocaine. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET’) said in a news release that Grimaldo was part of an organization that distributed cocaine in Mississippi, Florida, New York and Louisiana.

Prosecutors said Grimaldo, a Mexican citizen, faces a possible life sentence. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance set sentencing for Jan. 20.

Grimaldo’s brother, Efrain Grimaldo, was found guilty on a related charge last year. Prosecutors say he was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.

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