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Colombian Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty in US Court

A powerful Colombian drug lord appeared in U.S. court Friday to plead guilty on charges of drug trafficking and obstruction of justice.

Eugenio Montoya Sanchez entered his plea in a federal court in Miami. He admitted that he had been in charge of finances for the notorious North Valley drug cartel. He also said he coordinated the cartel's drug shipments into the U.S.

He faces at least 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have recommended a 30-year sentence.

Eugenio Montoya Sanchez's older brother Diego is awaiting trial in Miami. U.S. prosecutors say Diego once headed the powerful North Valley cartel, responsible for smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States. He has been blamed for more than 1,500 deaths.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.