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Massachusetts Attorneys to Defend Cousin of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo'

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    Massachusetts Attorneys to Defend Cousin of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo'
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    Two Massachusetts lawyers are representing the cousin of the drug kingpin who escaped from a Mexican prison.

    The Eagle-Tribune reports that Haverhill-based lawyers Scott and Thomas Gleason are handling the defense of Jesus Manuel Gutierrez Guzman, who faces federal drug charges in New Hampshire.

    Guzman is the cousin of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

    Jesus Guzman pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to expand the reach of his cousin's drug empire into New England by distributing 1,000 or more kilograms of cocaine and other drugs.

    The Gleasons and prosecutors have agreed to push sentencing back 45 days.

    Scott Gleason says Guzman faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. A manhunt is under way for Joaquin Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security Mexican prison through a mile-long tunnel. 

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