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Son of Former Notorious Gulf Cartel Boss, Now Inmate at Supermax, Osiel Cardenas Sentenced to 10 Months

May 20, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Son of Former Notorious Gulf Cartel Boss, Now Inmate at Supermax, Osiel Cardenas Sentenced to 10 Months

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On Monday, a federal judge sentenced the son of the former notorious Gulf Cartel drug lord Osiel Cardenas to 10 months in federal prison for attempting to smuggle military-grade ammunition into Mexico on New Year’s Eve.

Osiel Cardenas Jr. is the 23-year-old son of Osiel Cardenas, 48, the former cartel kingpin who is currently incarcerated at the infamous Supermax prison in Colorado for numerous drug trafficking charges in connection with cartel activity along the Texas-Mexico border..

Cardenas was the former Capo of the powerful Gulf Cartel and responsible for recruiting a group of Mexican special forces and creating the ultra-violent Los Zeta Cartel, who acted as his personal paramilitary unit.

After Cardenas arrest and extradition to the U.S., the Zetas broke away from the Gulf Cartel, sparking a bloody war between the two groups.

Cardenas Jr. also known as “Mini Osiel” is an American citizen, born in Texas but was raised with his family in Mexico. As part of his guilty plea, he will serve 10 months in prison, pay a fine of $10,000 and will be on supervised release for three years.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen also warned Cardenas Jr. against visiting the troubled city of Matamoros, Mexico, in the future.

“You’re at a crossroads and you need to decide which way you’re going to go,” Hanen told Cardenas Jr., also known as “Mini Osiel.” “If you follow down the same pathway as your father, you’re going to end up in the same place.”

Cardenas Jr. entered a guilty plea back in February for attempting to smuggle hundreds of rounds of bullets over the border to Matamoros but was caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Brownsville on Dec. 31.

Agents discovered ammunition in his Black Escalade including 290 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 161 rounds of .223mm ammunition, 29 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and a pair of .233mm rifle magazines. All of which are designated as defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List.

In addition, Cardenas Jr. admitted to having more than 14 grams of marijuana hidden in his underwear.

His mother, Celia Cardenas, wrote a handwritten letter in Spanish to the court. She apologized for her son’s actions and called him inexperienced and immature.

Hanen sympathized with Cardenas Jr., calling him as smart son burdened with the legacy of his infamous father.

Cardenas Jr. delivered an emotional plea for leniency. Since his arrest, he has spent the past several months in protective custody for his safety. He asked Hanen for permission to spend the day with his family, who was in attendance in the courtroom.

“Today is my father’s birthday, Instead of going to visit him like they do every year, (my family) is here to support me,” Cardenas Jr. said in a statement in Spanish.

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