Citing a U.S. Department of Justice release, The News Journal reports 30-year-old Roger Mercedes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and was sentenced to two years in federal prison Nov. 29.
The release says the Bronx man believed a Drug Enforcement Administration informant to be a cocaine trafficker and planned to sell him fake cocaine for $137,500. Mercedes met the informant in Florida, and later sold him a sample in New Jersey. He also sent a video of 20 bricks of apparent cocaine.
Mercedes and three others were arrested in Newark in November 2017.
U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss called fake drug transactions "particularly dangerous."
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com
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