Concord — A member of an international drug cartel has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in trying to expand the organization's reach into the United States.
Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, part of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel run by drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Hampshire.
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At trial, secret video and audio recordings showed Valenzuela conspiring with fellow cartel members and undercover FBI agents to distribute up to 997 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.
The 40-year-old Valenzuela had faced more than 30 years in prison.