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Damaso Lopez Serrano, son of captured Mexican drug lord surrenders to U.S. DEA agents

July 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Damaso Lopez Serrano, son of captured Mexican drug lord surrenders to U.S. DEA agents

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Damaso Lopez Serrano alias “El Mini Lic,” the godson of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and son of detained Mexican drug lord Damaso López Núñez, “El Licenciado,” has surrendered to U.S. federal agents near the border port of Caléxico, California.

A Baja California security official confirmed the arrest of the young drug lord Wednesday morning at a house in the Mexican City of Mexicali, bordering Imperial County.

U.S. federal agents arrested Lopez Serano and transferred him to the U.S. Marshall’s office under heavy security supervised by the DEA, Proceso reported.

“What we know is that he handed himself over Wednesday, the case is now with authorities over there,” said the Mexican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Damaso Lopez Serrano alias “El Mni Lic”

Four days prior to the arrest, U.S. Law Enforcement agents launched a secret operation, searching the region surrounding the border crossing and agricultural area of Mexicali for Lopez Serrano, according to a source consulted by JammedUp News.

Reports by the Mexican News Publication indicated that López Serrano traveled to the border port to surrender to the United States government, as part of a previous agreement with the DEA.

Mexican federal authorities officially said they were unaware of the detention and did not receive any communication regarding the action, despite a binational agreement to exchange information on detainees on both frontiers.

“El Mini Lic” has an arrest warrant for a drug trafficking indictment out of the District Court of Southern California in San Diego.

Lopez Serrano is the son of Damaso Lopez Nuñez, aka “El Licenciado,” a nickname, typically given to holders of law degrees in Mexico.

Lopez Nuñez, a former security official who also held several jobs in the Sinaloa state government, was a close deputy of Guzman, who reportedly helped the cartel chief escape from a prison in Jalisco, where he worked as deputy director in 2001.

Serrano is a part of the next generation of drug traffickers who maintain a heavy presence on social media, often posting images of his luxurious lifestyle, including fancy cars, beautiful women, and mounds of cash on Instagram.

The surrender of “El Mini Lic” occurs in the midst of a deadly struggle for control of the Sinaloa Cartel with Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the children of “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Damaso Lopez Nunez following his arrest back in May

intelligence reports indicated that Damaso Lopez Serrano had assumed control of the Los Damaso faction of the Sinaloa Cartel after the arrest of “El Licenciado,” who was captured following an operation in an affluent section of Mexico City back on May 2nd.

The Sinaloa Cartel, largely recognized as the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organization, has descended into chaos following the apprehension and subsequent extradition of “Chapo” Guzman back in January.

Lopez Nunez had gone to war for control of the cartel’s leadership against the sons of “El Chapo” and his longtime partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, which has prompted homicides to sky rocket in the Mexican state of Sinaloa

If reports are accurate, it wouldn’t mark the first time the son of a top cartel capo had cooperated with U.S. federal authorities.

Two of “El Mayo” Zambada’s sons, including Vicente Zambada Niebla also known as “El Vicentillo” and his brother Serafin Zambada Ortiz, are both believed to be high-level cooperating witnesses for the U.S. government.

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