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Canadian admits smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine into Niagara Falls

A Canadian citizen from British Columbia pleaded guilty Monday to bringing more than two pounds of cocaine over the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls last year.

Carlos M. Perez-Medina, 40,  admitted in Niagara County Court that he had 33.69 ounces of cocaine in the trunk of his car Dec. 21. He was stopped on First Street in the Falls.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said police had been tipped off to look for Perez-Medina's auto. A drug-sniffing dog discovered the cocaine.

Perez-Medina accepted a pre-indictment plea offer to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and faces a maximum of 5 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 23 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

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