NEW YORK (AP) -- A 28-year-old New Jersey man has admitted to being the leader of a major drug trafficking gang that moved large quantities of cocaine throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and New Jersey.

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The Manhattan district attorney's office said Wednesday that Angel Alvarez, of Cliffside Park, pleaded guilty to operating as a major trafficker, criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and money laundering.

Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

Prosecutors say the criminal activity lasted from July 2012 to March 2015. They say Alvarez acquired a number of luxury vehicles to transport the drugs and maintained a supply of disposable cellphones for ring members.

Alvarez is expected to be sentenced July 28.
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