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Son of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada sentenced in San Diego

March 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Son of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada sentenced in San Diego

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The U.S.-born son of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada was sentenced to prison in San Diego, three years after he entered a guilty plea for conspiring to distribute narcotics.

Serafin Zambada Ortiz, 27, was sentenced to 5 and a half years in federal prison.

The Sinaloa Cartel prince was arrested by federal agents in 2013 attempting to cross the border into Nogales, Ariz.

Zambada Ortiz was indicted by a  federal grand jury in San Diego for conspiring to import cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.

“While the judge called Zambada’s crime ‘very significant,’ he listed factors that made a lower sentence reasonable… his youth, his inexperience in the drug trade, his “genuine remorse,” the lack of violence in his background and the letters of support from family and friends depicting him as a polite, intelligent and helpful man. Without the departures, Zambada had faced a minimum sentence of 10 years,” as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Serafín Zambada (above) pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego Federal Court

Zambada’s father “El Mayo” co-founded the Sinaloa Federation Cartel along with his longtime partner Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is awaiting trial in New York.

Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada was a behind-the-scenes leader, while “El Chapo” was the public face of the enterprise.

“El Mayo” Zambada is a mysterious figure who remains at the top of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Most Wanted list of fugitives.

The U.S. Department of State is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the kingpin’s capture.

Zambada Ortiz is the second son of “El Mayo” Zambada being held in U.S. custody on drug trafficking charges.

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a high ranking lieutenant within the Sinaloa Cartel pleaded guilty in 2013 to a drug trafficking indictment in Chicago in a case that included his father and “El Chapo Guzman” as his co-defendants.

As part of a plea deal, Zambada-Niebla agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities making him the highest-ranking Sinaloa Cartel operative ever to flip against his cohorts.

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