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A 58-year-old Buffalo man has become the 27th of the 30 suspects in a local cocaine trafficking ring smashed in July 2008 to plead guilty.

Jerome C. Crosby pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said Crosby faces a prison term of at least 10 years and up life and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced at 12:30 p.m. June 9.

Hochul said Crosby was intercepted on wiretaps a number of times arranging to purchase cocaine.

The summertime 2008 raids that busted up the cocaine ring led to the seizure of 117 firearms, more than five kilograms of powder cocaine and more than 200 grams of crack cocaine, Hochul said.