A top Sinaloa cartel leader has plead guilty in Chicago, and he could play a big role in ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s trial

Suspected Mexican drug trafficker Vicente Zambada-NieblaREUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

CHICAGO (AP) — A former top lieutenant to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and likely witness at the Mexican drug lord’s New York trial has pleaded guilty to trafficking conspiracy in Chicago, saying in a plea agreement unsealed Friday that he will cooperate with prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence and protection from cartel retribution for his family.

The 19-page plea deal, posted in Chicago federal court, says 43-year-old Vicente Zambada pleaded guilty to charges in a case originally filed in Washington, DC, in 2002 and then transferred to Chicago this August. Zambada also agreed not to contest the government’s seizure of $ 1.3 billion in ill-gotten assets in a related case brought in Chicago in 2009.

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