Guilty plea to federal drug charges

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois mathematics doctoral student has pleaded guilty in a federal drug trafficking case.

23-year old Stephan Caamano of Champaign appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge Monday to enter guilty pleas to seven counts including counterfeit drug trafficking and money laundering.

He’s to be sentenced in August. He was to go to trial next month.

According to court documents, Caamano was sending dozens of packages of drugs almost daily in 2017 and 2018 via the U.S. mail.

An indictment says he was trafficking large quantities of pills containing alprazolam marked as Xanax when they weren’t Xanax.

Caamano was arrested in May, 2018. Police found painkillers, a pill press, sealing machines, counterfeit Xanax, shipping materials and cellphones at his home.

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