8/29/15 Boston Globe
A cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison.
Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, 54, cousin of Joaquin ‘‘El Chapo’’ Guzman — who led the Sinaloa drug cartel and escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico in July — was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in October 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.
He was arrested in Spain in 2012.
Authorities said the investigation began in 2009 when a link to the cartel was discovered in Massachusetts. Undercover FBI agents posed as members of a European drug-trafficking organization and met with Gutierrez-Guzman and others in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, including in Portsmouth and New Castle, N.H.