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Feds want 11-year sentence for reputed ‘El Chapo’ associate

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CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a U.S. judge to sentence a reputed associate of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to around 11 years in prison for helping to launder more $1.5 million in drug money.

Edgar Manuel Valencia Ortega is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, September 23, 2016 in Chicago federal court. Ortega, whose nickname was “the Fox,” faces a maximum 20-year sentence.

The recommendation of 11 is at the lower end of guideline calculations. Prosecutors said in a sentencing memo last week that the 29-year-old Mexican citizen played an important role in the trafficking scheme but a lesser one than other traffickers.

Guzman is named as a defendant in the same case and is behind bars in Mexico. Chicago is one of several U.S. cities where Guzman could go if Mexico extradites him.

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