- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Two of the nearly dozen people charged in a western New York cocaine trafficking operation have pleaded guilty.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports (https://on.rocne.ws/29FFrT8 ) 45-year-old Darren Smith and 28-year-old Jose Quintana, both of Rochester, entered the pleas on Wednesday to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Authorities say Smith distributed cocaine to others and stored the drugs and cash proceeds at his home. He admitted to using a gun in connection with drug trafficking.

Smith faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 13.

Quintana also admitted to distributing cocaine to others and had a 12-gauge shotgun for drug dealing.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 14 and faces five years behind bars.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, https://www.democratandchronicle.com


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