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Death sentence prompted drug lord Dámaso López Serrano, “El Mini Lic” surrender to U.S. Authorities

July 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Death sentence prompted drug lord Dámaso López Serrano, “El Mini Lic” surrender to U.S. Authorities

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A dozen men and women conducting immigration proceedings cleared a contingent of heavily armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escorting two men arriving at the Calexico International border checkpoint in California earlier this week.

One of the two subjects, a younger looking, thin man, appearing to be in his early 30’s, had confirmed his name to ICE agents, Dámaso López Serrano, also known as “El Mini Lic,” a young Mexican drug lord at the center of a deadly power struggle within the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations.

“El Mini Lic” is the son of Dámaso López Nunez, alias “El Licenciado,” a senior leader of a Sinaloa Cartel faction who was captured by authorities in Mexico in an affluent suburb of Mexico City back in May.

According to Proceso, officials searched his name in the ICE database, which verified pending drug trafficking charges Lopez Serrano faces in the United States. When identified, he asked to speak with Federal Drug Enforcement Officials (DEA) agents located in the border port building.

Damaso Lopez Serrano  (above) surrendered to U.S. authorities on Thursday

Although U.S. Justice Department officials have refused to comment on Lopez Serrano’s surrender, Mexican officials did confirm the development on Thursday.

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

According to multiple reports, a death sentence forced Dámaso López Serrano to flee Culiacán and take refuge in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California.

In act of desperation, “El Mini Lic” and one of his escorts headed north near the Calexico border checkpoint and surrendered to ICE officials.

Damaso Lopez Nunez “El Licenciado” pictured after his arrest in Mexico City back In May

Lopez Serrano is also the godson of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was extradited to Brooklyn, New York in January where he awaits to stand trial for heading a transnational criminal organization.

Before becoming a major cartel figure, his father was a former prison official who struck up a close friendship with “El Chapo” while he was incarcerated at a maximum security prison in Jalisco.

The friendship would see Lopez Nunez help in “El Chapo’s” escape from the facility in 2001.

“El Licenciado” became Guzman’s top lieutenant and he eventually climbed the ranks that saw him build his own criminal structure known as Los Damaso.

Following the arrest and extradition of “El Chapo,” Lopez Nunez attempted to snatch total control of the Sinaloa Cartel from Guzman’s sons Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, allied by “El Chapo’s” half brother Aureliano Guzman Loera, alias “El Guano,” and his longtime partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Lopez Nunez and El Chapo’s sons (above) had gone to war for control of the Sinaloa cartel following Guzman’s apprehension in 2016

The struggle for leadership generated a spiraling wave of violence in Sinaloa, causing homicides to skyrocket and has transformed the region surrounding Culiacan into a war zone.

However, before Lopez Nunez could take the reins, he was captured by Mexican authorities.

Mexican and U.S. intelligence officials said control of the Los Damaso faction had fallen to Lopez Nunez’s 30-year-old son.

Unlike their fathers, who preferred to operate under the radar, narco juniors such as “El Mini Lic” and the sons of “El Chapo” are a new generation of drug traffickers who instead choose to flaunt their luxurious narco lifestyle on Instagram.

Instagram image posted  by “El Mini Lic” with an exotic pet cheetah

However, without the security of his father, the cartel prince faced a grim reality.

The circle surrounding “El Mini Lic” began to close with the arrests of several top lieutenants including his head Assassin named Pedro Alfonso Domínguez Moreno, alias “El Moreno 14”  in May. And as a result of the confrontation with the children “El Chapo” and “El Mayo” Zambada – he was now marked for death.

According to Proceso, the internal struggle for control of the criminal organization led to the burning of several of “El Mini Lic’s” safe houses and ranches in Sinaloa in June.

In addition to the imminent threat against his life, the young capo was also sought by U.S. authorities for an October 2016 indictment filed in the Federal District Court of San Diego for conspiring to traffic and distribute drugs in the United States.

Damaso Lopez Serrano fled Sinaloa fearing for his life and sought the protection of the U.S. government

Facing certain death at the hands of his enemies, Dámaso López Serrano to fled Sinaloa and sought refuge in an agricultural area in Mexicali before turning to the unlikeliest ally to help save his life – the U.S. government.

According to sources consulted by JammedUp News, “El Mini Lic”  reached out to the DEA to negotiate a possible agreement.

Dámaso López Serrano could provide DEA agents a treasure trove of intelligence on the Sinaloa criminal organization, which would include key figures of within the leadership structure, logistical operations in Mexico and Central America, South America cocaine suppliers, and drug distribution networks operating in the U.S.

In return for his cooperation, Lopez Serrano would likely face reduced charges, which would see him join the long list of Sinaloa Cartel operatives to become a protected witness.

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