• New York man gets prison for trying to sell fake cocaine

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    NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A New York man has been sentenced to prison for trying to sell seven kilograms of fake cocaine to an undercover agent in Delaware.

    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."

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    Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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