Crime 'El Chapo' godson pleads guilty to role in drug cartel

00:51  12 january  2018
00:51  12 january  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

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SAN DIEGO – The 29-year-old godson of notorious Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in San Diego to drug United States District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Lopez-Serrano accepted responsibility for his role as a leader within the Sinaloa Cartel

Mexican cartel leader Damaso Lopez-Serrano pleaded guilty in federal court to plotting to distribute and import methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine into the United States, The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting.

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A man considered to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader to self-surrender to the United States pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Wednesday to a scheme to distribute and import methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine to the U.S., authorities said.

Damaso Lopez-Serrano, 29, is believed to be the godson of Sinaloa drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. In his plea, Lopez-Serrano admitted to being a leader in the cartel, acting as a major coordinator of moving drugs into the U.S., successfully importing “tonage quantities” of narcotics across the border. He also admitted to possessing guns for his cartel duties.

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SAN DIEGO — The highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to ever surrender to US authorities has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges, acknowledging he see also. El Chapo 's godson really loves guns and drugs .

A Sinaloa Cartel cell leader believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the United States pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court Wednesday. Dámaso “Mini Lic” López Serrano, godson of Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán and one of the possible

Lopez-Serrano faces a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years in prison, and he has agreed to forfeit $1 million in cash.

Lopez-Serrano, also known as “Mini Lic,” gets his nickname from his father, Damaso Lopez Nuñez, also known as “El Licenciado.” The father, also reputed to be in the cartel’s leadership, is in Mexican custody awaiting extradition to the U.S.

Lopez-Serrano pleaded guilty to all charges in the San Diego indictment, as well as to a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge out of Virginia that also names his father. He presented himself to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico West Port of Entry on July 27. News reports out of Mexico said authorities there had been hunting for him in Mexicali at the time.

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A Sinaloa Cartel cell leader believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the United States pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court Wednesday. Dámaso “Mini Lic” López Serrano, godson of Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán and one of the possible

A Sinaloa Cartel cell leader believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the United States pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court Wednesday. Dámaso “Mini Lic” López Serrano, godson of Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán and one of the possible

Lopez-Serrano, who once enjoyed a close relationship with Guzmán’s sons, was said to be in the middle of a power struggle within the cartel after his father fought them for control of the organization.

The guilty plea is part of a massive assault on the Sinaloa cartel by the U.S. attorney’s office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and agencies around the country.

The investigation began in 2011 into what was at the time believed to be a small-scale drug distribution cell in National City and Chula Vista. It was discovered the drugs were being supplied by the cartel, and the case opened wide. More than 125 people have been charged, including the cartel’s top leadership tier.

Guzmán’s co-leader of the cartel, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, is charged in the initial indictment, as are two of his four sons — one of whom is in Mexican custody pending extradition to the U.S. One of Guzmán’s sons also has been charged.

Guzmán is awaiting trial in New York on drug trafficking charges.

Davis writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

kristina.davis@sduniontribune.com

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