A New Hampshire jury has convicted a man of working to expand the cocaine trafficking empire of one of the world's most notorious drug networks.
The federal jury on Wednesday convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine, plus heroin and methamphetamine, in the United States.
Two others arrested with Valenzuela in 2012 have pleaded guilty to working with the cartel. One of them, Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, is a cousin of the cartel's notorious leader, Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo." He escaped prison in 2001 and ran the enterprise from a series of hideouts and safe houses across Mexico.
Valenzuela faces 10 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in January.