CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking figure in Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel who answered to now-imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has entered a guilty plea at a Chicago federal court.
Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia pleaded guilty during a Wednesday hearing to narcotics trafficking and money laundering conspiracy for coordinating the distribution of narcotics across the United States.READ MORE: Some Contract Workers Say Their PUA Benefits Are Being Cut Off With No Notice
Valencia, who is in her late 50s, faces a maximum sentence of life. But prosecutors say in a plea agreement that they’ll recommend a sentence of 10 to 15 years in exchange for her cooperation.READ MORE: Deaths Of Mother And 15-Year-Old Daughter In Auburn Gresham House Fire Ruled Homicides Due To Arson
Valencia was arrested in 2016 in Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa and was extradited to Chicago a year later. Guzman was convicted in New York earlier this year on trafficking-related charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.MORE NEWS: Even With Reopening Plans Across The Area, The Threat Of COVID Variants Looms Large
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