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West Side drug gang member pleads guilty to cocaine charges

A member of the Loiza Boys gang of West Side cocaine and heroin dealers pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Oscar Romero, 35,  faces a federal prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $2 million when sentenced March 15.

Romero was one of 10 members of the  gang arrested in 2013 after agents of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force launched undercover drug purchases and tapped telephone calls by Romero and other suspects, according to Duszkiewicz.

The 2013 arrests yielded more than 450 grams of heroin, three firearms and more than  $70,000 in U.S. currency, Duszkiewicz said.  All of Romero's nine accomplices face trial on the same charges in January, the prosecutor added.

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