Safwan Madarati, who was at the center of a federal drug bust in Watertown, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute drugs, maintaining a place for drug purposes, and conspiracy to launder and extort money and defraud the government, according to court documents. Madarati could face life in prison. A Watertown resident, Madarati was among 20 people who federal officials said were involved in an organized drug operation that spanned from Canada to California. Madarati and his associates are accused of conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone.
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