Sentencing set for associate of violent Mexican drug cartel

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015, file photo, Mexican federal police escort who they identify as Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," leader of the Knights Templar cartel, as he sits inside helicopter at a Federal hanger in Mexico City. Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel. Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt on Sunday,July 12, 2015, for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, according to the country’s top security official. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords is set to be sentenced for his role in trying to expand the violent cartel’s reach in Europe and the United States.

Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman has pleaded guilty to planning to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the United States.

He faces at least 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Monday.

He said he represented Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” in talks with undercover FBI agents.

He said the violent Sinaloa drug gang could supply thousands of kilos of cocaine.

Joaquin Guzman escaped prison in 2001 and ran the enterprise from hideouts across Mexico, earning billions of dollars moving tons of cocaine to the United States.

He was recaptured in February 2014 and escaped again Saturday.

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