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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Catacutan, accused in ND cocaine case, set for sentencing

  • He faces life in prison without parole.
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  • A Canadian man accused of leading a conspiracy to sell drugs in North Dakota and other states is scheduled for sentencing in federal court.
    Jerome Catacutan pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and money laundering. He faces life in prison without parole.
    Authorities say Catacutan admitted that he tried to buy 30 kilograms of cocaine from undercover agents. He allegedly engaged in ongoing negotiations with U.S. agents posing as large-scale cocaine traffickers.
    Court documents show that the agents met with Catacutan at a Bloomington, Minn., bar in October 2009.
    Sentencing is set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Fargo.

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