Two brothers from Belfast pleaded guilty Monday, July 11 to federal cocaine charges, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor.

Christopher Hurley, 29, of New York (formerly of Belfast) and Matthew Hurley, 26, of Belfast (formerly of Los Angeles) each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine in Waldo County, according to the press release.

Court records reveal that the brothers committed this crime between January 2005 and March 2009, according to the press release. Carlos Zamora, an illegal alien living in New York, supplied large amounts of cocaine that were distributed by Bronx, N.Y. resident Ralphy Dominguez to dealers in Waldo County, including the Hurley brothers.

The cocaine was then redistributed by street-level dealers, according to the press release. At the time of their arrests in November 2010, neither Christopher nor Matthew Hurley were still living in Belfast. Both brothers initially pleaded not guilty to the charge against them, according to previously published articles, and had been free on bail.

Other members of the conspiracy who have pleaded guilty and have already been sentenced include Zamora and Dominguez, as well as Richard Calligan, Jeffrey Emerson, Rodney Littlefield, Michael Dunn and Nathan Dodd, according to the press release.

Another Belfast resident who had pleaded not guilty to the same charge as the Hurley brothers — conspiracy with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine — was scheduled to change his plea in court July 11 as well. Court records indicate that the change of plea hearing for 34-year-old Phillip Kelley of Belfast has been rescheduled to Friday, July 22 due to a conflict in the schedule of his attorney, Stephen Smith.

Kelley was originally slated to change his plea to guilty in March of 2011. However, because Kelley sustained a work-related injury to his hand that required the partial amputation of one of his fingers prior to the scheduled hearing, Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. granted Kelley’s request to continue his hearing date.

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office does not indicate when the Hurley brothers will be sentenced, now that they have pleaded guilty.