One of two cousins arrested last year in the largest cocaine seizure on Guam in recent years pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of 11 pounds or more of cocaine hydrochloride with intent to distribute.
Robert Afaisen entered his plea before Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. about two weeks before he was to stand trial.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Sentencing has been scheduled for mid-November.
Robert Afaisen was arrested along with his cousin Jimmy Afaisen and several others in connection with the seizure of more than 35 pounds of cocaine. Documents in Robert Afaisen's case allege the Inarajan resident found cocaine packages inside a plastic barrel that was ashore near his house.
Jimmy Afaisen also pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced in the District Court earlier this week to serve six months in federal prison.
Court documents state Robert Afaisen admitted that he did not report the cocaine that washed ashore to authorities because he thought he could use the drugs to "pay his bills and reconnect his power." Robert Afaisen told authorities he gave away the cocaine to close family and friends and others for distribution.
Eight others were also charged in connection with the case. Their cases are ongoing in the Superior Court of Guam. The Afaisen cousins' local case was dismissed, as they faced federal charges in the District Court of Guam.
In total, authorities seized 35 pounds of cocaine after executing search warrants in Inarajan.