Conn. man convicted of bringing cocaine into Charleston port

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Connecticut man could face up to 40 years in prison after he convicted on a federal charge of importation of cocaine.

Oscar Baptiste, of East Hartford, Conn., worked with another man - who later acted as an informant for federal officials - to bring cocaine into the Port of Charleston from Panama.

He was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Columbia.

According to a news release from U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles, Baptiste first traveled to South Carolina in late July 2010 to meet with the informant regarding the transportation of cocaine. Months later, Baptiste engaged in email conversations with undercover federal officials that included discussion of moving the drugs, the news release said.

Nettles' office said Baptiste met with the informant in March 2011 and was recorded discussing the plans.

Baptiste is facing between five and 40 years in federal prison.