- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican businessman has pleaded guilty drug trafficking in a 1995 cocaine smuggling case.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2e5hjQf ) that 72-year-old Antonio Reynoso Gonzalez has been extradited to the U.S. 20 years after being charged with orchestrating cocaine shipments for the Sinaloa drug cartel. He pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Wednesday to conspiracy to import cocaine with the intent to distribute.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend about eight years instead, asking the judge to consider Reynoso’s age, health and acceptance of responsibility.

According to the 1995 indictment, Reynoso’s family owned a successful food importation business in Los Angeles and Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman used it to add legitimacy to the cartel’s operations.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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