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Massive Indictment By Feds Against 60 Members of Sinaloa Cartel Including Top Leadership

January 21, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Massive Indictment By Feds Against 60 Members of Sinaloa Cartel Including Top Leadership Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada,

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Federal agents based out of San Diego announced broad sweeping indictments against 60 members of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

The sweeping indictments include individuals from the organization’s  leadership down to the drug distribution cells in Southern California.

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Charges in the indictment include conspiracy, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Included in the indictment is the outfits top boss, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, 67, who is believed to have taken the reigns of leadership after the arrest of infamous Drug Lord Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzman last February.

This recent indictment adds to Zambada  open federal cases against him in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.

U.S.  has issued a $5 million reward for his arrest. The indictments also include top lieutenants within the cartel leadership, including up-and-coming players such as two of Zambada’s sons — Ismael Zambada-Sicairos, known as “Mayito Flaco,” and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar, known as “Chapito.”

Zambada-Imperial was captured last November and is in the custody of Mexican authorities, the rest of the individuals on the indictment remain at large.

Prosecutors also detail the cartel’s wide reach and large-scale operations in trafficking tremendous amounts of drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana to the United States and other countries.

The indictment also alleges the cartel of utilizing cargo aircraft, submarines, container ships and tractor trailers to transport large shipments of drugs.

Federal authorities have seized over 652 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1,343 kilograms of cocaine, 12.2 tons of marijuana, 53 kilograms of heroin, 5,500 Oxycodone pills and $14.1 million in drug money according to the prosecutors.

Investigators also have conducted over 200 court-authorized wiretaps to map out the cartel’s inner workings, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors also announced they will be seeking to forfeit the seizure of major items, which were bought with drug proceeds including: A 1982 Cessna Turbo 210 aircraft, two Lamborghinis, Mercedes-Benz SLR, and a McLaren.

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