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Trial date set for alleged 'El Chapo' associate

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CHICAGO (AP) — A trial date has been set in Chicago for a reputed associate of Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

A federal judge scheduled the drug-trafficking trial for Feb. 2 during a Wednesday status hearing. Edgar Manuel Valencia Ortega has pleaded not guilty to coordinating the delivery of cocaine shipments from Mexico to the U.S.

U.S. authorities say Ortega also went by the nickname "the Fox." He was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this year and then brought to Chicago, where other alleged subordinates of Guzman have been charged.

Authorities in Mexico arrested Guzman in February. At the time, he was considered the world's most powerful drug lord.

Guzman is also named in the Chicago indictment. But Mexico hasn't indicated if it intends to extradite him to Illinois.

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