Son of Mexican Cartel Leader Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges - NBC 7 San Diego

Son of Mexican Cartel Leader Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Serafin Zambada-Ortiz is the son of "Mayo" the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world

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    A screen shot of a Twitter account supposedly belonging to Serafin Zambada-Ortiz, 23, the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael Zambada-Garcia

    The son of one of Mexico's most notorious outlaws pleaded guilty to drug charges in a San Diego courtroom Friday.

    Serafin Zambada-Ortiz, 24, entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana into the U.S.

    The son of reputed Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia is considered to be a major player in the cartel, federal prosecutors said.

    Zamabada-Ortiz, who was arrested in November 2013 in Arizona, admitted he was trying to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in Culiacan with plans to transport the narcotics into the U.S. for sale in California.

    As part of the plea deal, Zambada-Ortiz agreed to forfeit $250,000 as proceeds of this conspiracy.

    Immediately after his arrest, the cartel boss’ son made headlines for his posts to social media. Images of bags of marijuana and piles of gifts on luxury cars were shared on what appeared to be his Twitter account.

    One picture of gold and silver-plated assault rifles was posted with a caption that read, "Partying as always...taking care of us."

    Zambada-Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2015 at 9 a.m.

    Under the agreement, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison with a $10 million fine.

    The signature of the defendant on the plea agreement released by federal prosecutors on Sept. 26, 2014.

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