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Colombian pleads to trafficking with 'El Chapo'

Tuesday - 4/8/2014, 7:02pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Colombian man has pleaded guilty to his role in a decade-long international drug trafficking conspiracy that authorities say is connected to the recently arrested Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo."

Fifty-five-year-old Jairo Cardona of Medellin, Colombia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring to import cocaine. Authorities say that over a 10-year span, Cardona helped ship hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S., often through Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which prosecuted the case, says that one of Cardona's co-conspirators was Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, who evaded authorities for 13 years before his arrest in February.

Cardona faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced June 20.


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