Man accused in large-scale contraband investigation pleads guilty to cocaine possession

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man accused of being involved in a large-scale contraband investigation earlier this month that led to 12 arrests pleaded guilty to cocaine possession on Wednesday.

Walter Rivers, 43, of Troy, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In May, New York State Police arrested Rivers following a traffic stop on I-787 in Albany after they say he had more than one-half ounce of cocaine.

The District Attorney’s Office says guilty plea satisfies conspiracy and contraband promotion charges for his role in arranging, devising, and planning the exchange of contraband while he was in custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility from September 29 to October 12.

Rivers faces seven years in state prison followed by three years post-release supervision.

He will be sentenced on January 20, 2017.

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