Reputed drug cartel member pleads guilty in US

AP News
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 2:53 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to expand the cartel's reach to Europe and northern New England faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty.

Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman guilty to charges that he planned to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine plus other drugs in the U.S.

Prosecutors say his cousin is Joaquin Guzman, who led the violent Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico until his arrest in February. During meetings with undercover agents, Gutierrez-Guzman said he was a direct representative of his cousin, who is known as "El Chapo."

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Gutierrez-Guzman was arrested in 2012 in Spain with two others, one of whom has pleaded guilty and one who will stand trial next week. Another man pleaded guilty last month in a separate, but related, case.