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Dunkirk man pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking

Angel Pierluissi of Dunkirk pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford in Buffalo to his role in the largest cocaine trafficking ring ever broken up in Dunkirk.

Pierluissi, in custody since his arrest last June, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said he faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million when his sentencing is scheduled at a later date. Part of an active cocaine ring operation in Dunkirk, Pierlussi and others in the ring were arrested by Dunkirk Police and federal agents on June 10, 2015 when more than seven kilograms of cocaine, $175,000 in cash and a AR-15 loaded assault rifle were seized in raids.