- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A member of the Sinaloa drug cartel who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine is scheduled to be sentenced in New Hampshire.

Prosecutors said Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto of Mexico was arrested in Spain in 2012, where he was to monitor the delivery of 346 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipping container.

Prosecutors say the delivery resulted from negotiations between members of the cartel, allegedly led by Joaquin Guzman, and undercover FBI agents posing as members of an organized crime syndicate. Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” was arrested earlier this year in Mexico.

Soto, who pleaded guilty in September, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday and faces at least 10 years in prison. He’s one of a group indicted in New Hampshire.

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