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Cousin of 'El Chapo' Appears in Court in New Hampshire

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    (Published Monday, July 13, 2015)

    As the international manhunt continues for Mexico's most powerful drug lord who escaped from a prison on Saturday, that man's cousin appeared in federal court in New Hampshire.

    Jesus Gutierrez Guzman appeared in an orange jumpsuit and spoke to his attorneys and prosecutors through an interpreter. He faces more than 10 years in federal prison for trying to bring one of Mexico's most violent and powerful drug cartels into the state of New Hampshire.

    Gutierrez Guzman admits he was in the United states representing his cousin- Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo"- Mexico's most notorious kingpin. He admits to planning to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of cocaine and other drugs in the United States, bringing some of it in through the Granite State.

    Gutierrez Guzman's attorney's declined to comment Monday, after his sentencing was postponed for 45 days.

    Meanwhile, an international manhunt is underway for his cousin.

    Mexican authorities say on Saturday, El Chapo escaped his maximum security prison cell through a mile-long, underground tunnel built complete with a ventilation system and a motorcar on tracks.

    El Chapo has done this before, escaping prison in 2001. During his time as a fugitive, he expanded his drug cartel into Europe, Austrailia, and even the US, using his cousin to secure ground in New England.

    For two years before Gutierrez Guzman was captured in 2012, he met with undercover FBI agents to negotiate the expansion of El Chapo's cartel in New Castle, New Hampshire- one of the smallest towns in the state, just a few miles east of Portsmouth.

    Gutierrez Guzman is back in Monday night awaiting another sentencing hearing in September.

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