SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty in San Diego Tuesday to leading a drug-smuggling ring that recruited teenagers and young adults to sneak large quantities of methamphetamine into the United States.
Roberto Torres Jr. - who, according to prosecutors, used Facebook to coordinate the narcotics-trafficking activity with his youthful band of smugglers - agreed to a use-of-minors allegation that will lengthen his potential prison term.
He faces 10 years to life in federal prison and a $10 million fine at sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 17, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Torres, a U.S. citizen, admitted that he and his fellow conspirators recruited dozens of minors, some as young as 15, from Imperial Valley high schools and elsewhere to transport the illegal narcotic out of Mexico.
Several of Torres' co-defendants previously pleaded guilty in the case, including Hector Beltran-Garcia, 22, Diana Lizeth Carrillo, 21, Genesis Flores De Anda, 20, and Eleazar Sanchez-Aguilar, 39.
A woman accused of driving drunk and causing head-on crash that killed her passenger changed her plea on Tuesday.
Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year- old victim who was fatally injured while playing a "punching game" with a friend in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.
A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.
No criminal charges are expected to be filed against a man who got into a brief fight outside a South Bay gas station with a panhandler who abruptly collapsed and died during the scuffle, a police official said Tuesday.
A Pacific storm that promises to heavily douse much of Southern California this week will deliver a considerably less dramatic infusion of precipitation in the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.
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