Street gang leader pleads guilty in drug case

HOUSTON

Federal prosecutors in Houston on Thursday announced Jeffrey Juarez of Sugar Land pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and Ecstasy.

The 35-year-old Juarez faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 18. The former leader of the Tri-City Bombers could also be fined as much as $4 million. He remains in custody.

Juarez was among 13 suspected gang members indicted in February 2011 over operations in the McAllen area since 2008. Eleven co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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