A Utica man has pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.
Jeffrey Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Rivera’s jury trial was set to begin Monday in federal court but instead Rivera entered a guilty plea.
As part of his guilty plea, Rivera admitted that he agreed with others to participate in a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine. He also admitted he had obtained cocaine from co-conspirators within the organization and distributed, or arranged to distribute, the cocaine to others.
Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25, and he faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years, or up to life in prison. He also faces a fine of up to $10,000,000 and a term of post-release supervision between five years to life.