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Son of jailed Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen pleads guilty to waving gun, impersonating a federal agent

June 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Son of jailed Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen pleads guilty to waving gun, impersonating a federal agent Osiel Cardenas Jr. is the son of jailed kingping Osiel Cardenas Guillen

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The son of imprisoned Mexican kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen who led the Gulf Cartel and was a founding member of the brutal Los Zetas paramilitary crime syndicate is facing a possible 13-year sentence for brandishing a gun in a bar while pretending to be a U.S. Marshal.

Last week, Osiel Cardenas Jr. appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya and entered a guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a gun and one count of federal officer impersonation.

The plea bargain suggests prosecutors and defense lawyers do not have any deal in place for a reduced sentence. Cardenas Jr. faces a maximum 10-year sentence for the weapon count and a maximum sentence of three years for the impersonation charge.

According to the Brownville Herald, the kingpin’s son could also face more jail time for public intoxication, filing A false report to a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm levied by the Brownsville Police Department.

Cops took the younger Cardenas into custody in March at the SKY Bar after receiving reports of a man waving a gun inside the facility. During his arrest, Cardenas was claiming to be a U.S. Marshal and flashed them a badge. Police reportedly discovered a Bersa .380 handgun on him.

Osiel Cardenas Jr. Courtesy Photo

The badge was legitimate but belonged to a Cameron County District Attorney.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that “witnesses indicated Cardenas ordered patrons to leave the club or they would be arrested for failure to follow his commands.”

After he was arrested on local charges, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives took control of the case since Cardenas is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm. Federal officials arrested Cardenas Jr. in 2015 as he tried to cross hundreds of ammunition rounds and weapon parts concealed in his SUV.

Cardenas pleaded guilty to that charge and spent 11 months behind bars.

At the time of his arrest this year, he was still serving a term of supervised release. If that supervised release is reversed, Cardenas may face additional prison time along with the time he will serve after his upcoming sentence.

Cardenas’ father, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, is currently serving a 25-year bid in Colorado’s Supermax Prison for his role as the head of the Gulf Cartel.

At the height of his power, Cardenas was considered the most powerful drug lord in Mexico.

Under his leadership, the Gulf Cartel or “La Compañia” as it was named at the time, became one of the top criminal enterprises in Mexico and bribed at least two Tamaulipas governors and many other officials to ensure their power.

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