Cuban man pleads guilty to Texas drug conspiracy

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A man from Cuba living in Florida has pleaded guilty in South Texas to conspiring to transport cocaine from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Rene Cardenas of Miami also helped distribute the cocaine in South Florida and smuggled the cash profits back to Laredo. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Laredo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Six others charged in the conspiracy are awaiting trial.

One of those cash loads was seized in May 2010. Authorities found about $422,000 and a drug ledger in a compartment in a tractor trailer's rig's axle.

Cardenas faces 10 years to life in prison and a possible $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 30 in Laredo.

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