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Feds: Son of former Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen brandished gun and badge in Texas border city bar

March 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Son of former Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen brandished gun and badge in Texas border city bar Osiel Cardenas Jr. is the son of jailed kingping Osiel Cardenas Guillen

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The son of the former Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen faces new federal charges in connection with an incident where he whipped out a handgun at a bar in south Texas.

According to Valley Morning-Star,, the cartel heir claimed he was a law enforcement officer and flashed a badge from the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

Osiel Cardenas Jr, the son of former Gulf Cartel head Osiel Cardenas Guillen, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cardenas has been in federal custody since he was apprehended last week after pulling out a handgun at a bar in Brownsville. Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives filed new charges because of his status as a felon.

The arrest was carried out on March 14th just after 2 a.m. when Brownsville officers responded to Sky Night Club after receiving reports about a man with a gun inside of the business.

Authorities arrested an intoxicated Cardenas after he reportedly flashed a chrome Bersa .380 pistol from a “man purse” that he wore on his chest and waved it around.

Osiel Cardenas Jr. (Courtesy photo)

The man allegedly shouted that he was a U.S. Marshal and flashed a police badge that hung from his neck. Court records indicated that the badge was authentic, and is used by detectives with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. It is not unclear how Cardenas managed to obtain it.

After he was arrested on state charges, Brownsville authorities turned him over to the U.S. Marshal Service which brought him before a federal judge in connection with violating his supervised release. The court initiated the process of revoking his supervised release to have him serve the remainder of the term behind bars.

In 2015, federal officials arrested the younger Cardenas as he was attempting to cross from Brownsville into Matamoros with ammunition in his car. Cardenas entered a guilty plea to that charge and was given a 10-month prison sentence along with three years of supervised release. Part of his conditions required that Cardenas would not violate local, state, and federal law.

Cardenas’ father is serving a 25-year sentence for his position as the former leader of the Gulf Cartel. The man is also responsible for forming a group called Los Zetas who initially were his guard but then broke off and became an independent cartel.

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