A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords is scheduled to be sentenced for his role in trying to expand the violent cartel's reach into Europe and the United States.

Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman has pleaded guilty to planning to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the United States. He faces at least 10 years in prison Wednesday.

He said he was a representative of Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," in talks with undercover FBI agents where he said the violent Sinaloa drug gang could supply thousands of kilos of cocaine.

Prosecutors have said Joaquin Guzman escaped prison in 2001 and ran the enterprise from a series of hideouts and safe houses across Mexico, earning billions of dollars moving tons of cocaine to the United States.