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Man Pleads Guilty to Using Facebook to Operate Drug Ring

Officials say the narcotics were transported from Mexico into the U.S.

A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Diego to allegations he operated a drug smuggling ring through Facebook.

Roberto Torres admitted to enlisting teenagers, some as young as 15, and young adults in the Imperial Valley to smuggle methamphetamine across the U.S., according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Torres used Facebook to coordinate the drug operation, which transported narcotics from Mexico into the U.S.

Several of Torres’ codefendants have already pleaded guilty in connection to the operation, including Genesis Flores De Anda, Hector Beltran-Garcia, Eleazar Sanchez-Aguilar and Diana Carrillo.

Torres will be sentenced on Feb. 17. He faces between 10 years and life in prison.

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