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One of the alleged kingpins of a West Side drug ring pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling cocaine and using a firearm as part of his drug trafficking.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said Javier Navarro of Buffalo admitted working with others as part of a conspiracy to sell cocaine from January of 2009 to February of 2010.

Navarro, who was part of a gang that trafficked in cocaine from Puerto Rico and New Jersey, was one of 27 suspects from Buffalo, Puerto Rico and New Jersey arrested in late 2010. He will face up to 16 years in prison when he’s sentenced next year.

Defense attorney Michael L. D’Amico said Navarro was eager to resolve the case, which dates back nearly three years.

His guilty plea is the result of investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

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