3rd man pleads guilty in R.I. cocaine bust with N. Utah connection

Oct 1 2012 - 2:58pm


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A third man has pleaded guilty to Rhode Island's largest-ever cocaine bust, which involved the seizure of 65 kilos of cocaine and more than $1.2 million cash.

Forty-one-year-old Andrew Rios, of Downey, Calif., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Monday to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Rios serve 17 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Two other men, 33-year-old Rodrigo Armando Saucedo, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., and 31-year-old Adilson Antonio Reyes, of South Ogden, Utah, had already pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing.

The men were arrested in January 2011. Reyes admitted at the time he drove large shipments of cocaine from California to Rhode Island.


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