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Sinaloa Cartel leader Damaso Lopez Serrano pleads guilty to drug-related charges

January 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Sinaloa Cartel leader Damaso Lopez Serrano pleads guilty to drug-related charges

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Top Mexican cartel capo Damaso Lopez Serrano, also known as “El Mini Lic,” pleaded guilty on Wednesday to his role in importing multi-ton quantities of narcotics into the United States

According to a Justice Department press release, Lopez-Serrano entered a guilty plea in San Diego Federal Court to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for unlawful importation.

A 2011 DEA-led investigation targeting top leaders of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel resulted in the indictments of Lopez Serrano and several other co-conspirators.

The investigation also resulted in several massive drug seizures including 17.2 tons of marijuana, 2,214 kilograms of cocaine, 1,397 kilograms of methamphetamine, 95.84 kilograms of heroin and nearly $30,000 in illicit drug cash.

Lopez-Serrano also pleaded guilty to a December 2016 indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Damaso Lopez Serrano is the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Damaso Lopez Nunez,”El Licenciado” Pictured left during his arrest last May

The 29-year-old narco prince is the son of Dámaso López Nuñez, aka “El Licenciado,” a senior figure within the Sinaloa Cartel’s leadership structure who was considered a successor of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán following his 2017 extradition.

.Mexican authorities arrested López Nuñez in an affluent suburb of Mexico City in May 2017.

López Nuñez, a one-time top lieutenant of “El Chapo” was in the midst of an internal struggle with Guzman’s sons for control of the criminal organization when he was captured.

Fearing for his life, Damaso Lopez Serrano fled Mexico in July 2017 and became the highest-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel ever to self-surrender to U.S. authorities.

“Damaso Lopez-Serrano’s conviction strikes a serious blow to the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel and its violent drug trafficking activities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Lopez-Serrano is scheduled for sentencing in July.

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