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Buffalo man pleads guilty to cocaine-related charges

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to drug charges.

Julio Cesar Sanchez, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, officials said.

In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at an apartment where illegal narcotics were sold and where agents seized an internal video surveillance system that recorded Sanchez holding and describing the contents of a bag of cocaine that he intended to sell to customers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane on Thursday.

In October of that year, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package shipped from Puerto Rico to a Buffalo address, officials said.

DEA agents completed a search warrant on the package, which contained cocaine inside a set of speakers, officials said.

After removing the cocaine, the DEA conducted a controlled delivery of the package, which Sanchez signed for when it was delivered to the address and resulted in DEA agents arresting Sanchez, according to officials.

Sanchez is set to be sentenced on June 29.

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