Guilty plea from son of Mexican drug kingpin

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The son of one of the two reputed leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana into the United States.

Serafin Zambada-Ortiz, 24, admitted that he conspired with others to purchase more than 100 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

The defendant also admitted that he and others arranged for the transportation of the drugs from Mexico into the United States for sale in the Southern District of California and elsewhere.

The defendant, son of Ismael Zambada-Garcia, aka Mayo, also agreed to forfeit $250,000 as proceeds of the conspiracy.

“This guilty plea is a step forward in our ongoing efforts to dismantle Mexico’s most powerful crime syndicate,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “The Sinaloa Cartel is one of the world’s most violent and prolific drug trafficking organizations. We will not stop until the job is done.”

Zambada-Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced May 22.

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