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Drug Dealer|Admits He Killed

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A 35-year-old resident of Tijuana admitted in Federal Court that he slashed the throats of two fellow dealers he thought had stolen drugs and money from the ring.

Roberto Ochoa pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional killing during a drug trafficking conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Eight of the 13 people indicted in November 2011 have pleaded guilty, including Ochoa. Three cases are pending; two people are fugitives.

Ochoa and another man killed Hector Gonzalez and Rodolfo Robles at a house in San Jacinto on Oct. 19, 2012, the U.S. attorney said. Their bodies were not discovered until Nov. 9 that year.

Ochoa will be sentenced on June 6. He could face the death penalty or life in prison. The mandatory minimum sentence for each crime is 20 years.

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