Purported drug lord associate to be sentenced in Chicago

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Posted: Nov 18, 2015 8:27 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Another purported associate of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is to be sentenced in a federal court in Chicago.

Tomas Arevalo-Renteria faces a minimum 10-year prison term when sentenced Wednesday for arranging deliveries of heroin and cocaine from Mexico to Chicago. The 46-year-old man pleaded guilty last year.

Prosecutors described Renteria as a logistical coordinator for Guzman's Sinaloa cartel and want a 25-year prison term. Renteria's lawyers say that would be too harsh a sentence for someone who was toward the bottom of the operation's command structure.

Mexican authorities captured Guzman last year. But he escaped via a tunnel and is at large.

Prosecutors in Chicago have convicted half a dozen Sinaloa figures. If Guzman is recaptured, prosecutors have indicated they want to see him in Chicago too.