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Mica
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The son of 'El Chapo' Guzman's former right-hand man is reportedly talking to US authorities, and it could be trouble for the Sinaloa cartel

The son of one of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's closest associates has pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges in the US.
There are already signs the son is cooperating with US authorities, and he could provide them with detailed information about the cartel's inner workings.
The details he divulges could lead to more blows to the cartel's leadership and set off another, bloodier round of infighting.

Damaso Lopez Serrano, 29, pleaded guilty to drug-smuggling charges in a federal court in San Diego on January 10, admitting he oversaw the shipment of thousands of pounds of meth, cocaine, and heroin to the US.

The plea comes about six months after Lopez Serrano crossed the US-Mexico border at Calexico, California and turned himself over to US authorities, becoming the highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to ever surrender to the US, according to the US attorney's office.

Lopez Serrano admitted he held a leadership role in the cartel and pleaded guilty to the possession of firearms in relation to drug trafficking. He also pleaded guilty to drug-smuggling charges in a separate case in Virginia. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and agreed to forfeit $1 million in cash.

His "conviction strikes a serious blow to the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel and its violent drug-trafficking activities," acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan said. The potential fallout from Lopez Serrano's cooperation with authorities could ripple throughout Mexico's narco underworld.

'A virtual encyclopedia ... on the Sinaloa cartel'
Dam aso Lopez Serrano Mexico Sinaloa cartelTelevisa/Twitter

Lopez Serrano is the son of Damaso Lopez Nuñez, a former Mexican security official who climbed the ranks of the Sinaloa cartel and eventually became the right-hand man to cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The younger Lopez, described as violent and flashy, was considered by some to be a potential successor to Guzman.

Lopez Serrano is already cooperating with US authorities, according to Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

"He can provide in-depth information on the current leadership of the Sinaloa cartel, to include the sons of 'Chapo' Guzman ... as well as 'El Mayo' Zambada and his sons," Vigil told Business Insider. "He can also provide information on corrupt public officials that are protecting the Sinaloa cartel."

"Damaso can provide information on the Colombian sources of supply for cocaine. He can provide provide information on the modes of transportation" used by the Sinaloa cartel to move drugs from South American to Mexico and then into the US, Vigil said. "He can also talk about the distribution network that they use here in the United States and who controls those networks."

"This guy is fully cooperating, so he's going to be debriefed on anything and everything," added Vigil, who recounted his experiences working undercover in "Deal." "So this guy will be a virtual encyclopedia for law enforcement on the Sinaloa cartel and other cartels that the Sinaloa cartel is allied with."

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Mexico extradition jail Sinaloa cartelMexico's Attorney General's Office/Handout via REUTERS

The indictment in Lopez Serrano's case was filed in August 2016 and unsealed in August 2017. The Justice Department described it as a milestone in a five-year investigation that has led to charges against more than 125 people.

Among those named in the indictment are Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, Guzman's partner who is believed to be running the Sinaloa cartel, as well as two of his four sons — Ismael Zambada Sicairos, known as "Mayito Flaco," and Ismael Zambada Imperial, known as "Mayito Gordo." A third son, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges in San Diego in September 2014.

Two of Guzman's sons — Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, known as "Chapito," and Jesus Alfredo Guzman, known as "El Gordo" — are also named.

Homicide victims in Sinaloa stateChristopher Woody/Mexican government data

Lopez Nuñez, who is believed to have helped Guzman escape prison in 2001, reportedly partnered with the Jalisco New Generation cartel to form one of at least three factions that fought for control of the Sinaloa cartel after Guzman was recaptured in Mexico in January 2016.

The "Damasos" were thought to have their own uniformed army, the "Damaso Special Forces." The younger Lopez was also believed to be the leader of an armed wing of the Sinaloa cartel.

The conflict over control of the cartel was blamed for pushing violence up in Sinaloa state throughout 2016 and early 2017.

Mexican officials also blamed Lopez Nuñez for violence on the Baja California Peninsula, particularly in Baja California Sur, which saw a more than 223% year-over-year increase in homicide victims between 2016 and 2017, the most in Mexico.

The faction led by Guzman's sons and backed by "El Mayo" Zambada appears to have won that struggle, which seems to have restored some stability to Sinaloa state.

'There will be many that will try to take over that void'
The elder Lopez was arrested in Mexico City in mid-2017, and the US is currently seeking his extradition. His capture left his son with neither allies nor refuge in Mexico.

Lopez Serrano "had no choice but to flee Mexico and turn himself into US authorities, because he was being hunted down the other members of the Sinaloa cartel and would've been killed if he decided to stay in Mexico," Vigil told Business Insider. "The only option that he has at this point in time to save himself is to name names and provide significant information on the cartel."

But the younger Lopez's ongoing cooperation with US authorities could allow the US and Mexico to put more pressure on the Sinaloa cartel. More turmoil within the cartel over its leadership or fighting for control of its immense resources and operations would almost certainly ripple throughout Mexico.

Mexico Sinaloa state Culiacan shooting killings violence(AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

Zambada, who is believed to be about 70 years old and ill, "still apparently is holding on to the reins of the power within the Sinaloa cartel," Vigil said.

Lopez Serrano can likely provide authorities with valuable information about Zambada, including his communications methods, his patterns of movement, and the kinds of security precautions he takes.

It remains to be seen whether Mexico would extradite cartel suspects named by Lopez Serrano and indicted by the US, Vigil said. But, he added, if "Zambada is captured, I'm going to have to say that the Sinaloa cartel will immediately fracture between 'Chapo' Guzman's sons, Ismael Mayo's sons, and others within the Sinaloa cartel, and that is going to lead to more massive violence than Mexico has ever seen" during any previous period of cartel infighting.

"Sinaloa still remains the most powerful cartel," Vigil said, "and there will be many that will try to take over that void."

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Chivis
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Of course he is!  other wise no deal.  but really he was not "in" for quite a while as he clashed with chapo's sons.  but in these cases it doesn't matter, they are paid liars for the most part.  look at mochomo's case.  it was going to be no concrete evidence just a half dozen liars,


Te gov has filed with a court, last friday to have the jury sequestered
 
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
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Mica
ML could come out as the big winner in all of this.  He wants to burn Chapitos and I would imagine his family is safe with ample time to stash money.  But yeah, it's not like he can pinpoint a location of anything recent.
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His family will only be safe if they are moved to the US.  Los Menores were burning his whole team to the ground, these guys only option was to self surrender, there is no more real money, if there was, he would have never left.

People vastly overestimate their financial resources and power.  Probably some properties owned, that are hidden, and a few accounts with some money, and a few businesses.  As soon as you leave, the entire thing is in shambles.  Peoples aren't going to pay you back.  Your businesses will be looted and gutted.

He will give everything he can about Los Menores and their routes, what he does know, which is a lot, not just routes, but routines and close people, ways the US can get to them.  Mayo too.

Mini Lic is going to do at least 10 years in custody, I honestly think closer to 15, (look at Victor Emilio Cazares sentence) and he'll likely never see Sinaloa again.  
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Mica
He might not have 50 million stashed, but some narco change in a Swiss Bank account for 10 years will joy interest.  He probably won’t have to worry about getting a job at Radio Shack.  I am pretty sure he was able to do some coordinating with a lawyer before he “turned himself” in.  
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Hey guys. What do you think about Los Chapitos? Do they still go to parties/clubs in Culiacan, Mazatlan, etc? Let's not forget that in 2017 they have been kidnapped from Puerto Vallarta where they were having a birthday party. In 2016-2017 i was reading on BB about their parties in Mazatlan, etc. Do you think that they still do that or they are hiding in the mountainous area of Sinaloa?
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J
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Mexican bank accounts, in the hands of lawyers who are no longer being paid by them, and no longer in fear of their lives, for their employers have been extradited, and entire organization left in shreds.  He has to pay lawyers and a million in forfeiture, plus probably a fine.  He'll have to do something, he will likely be relocated somewhere in the US.  

If we look at someone like Sandra Beltran, who was able to return to Mexico, and live nicely, she was always an exception, in that she didn't have an organization, and was able to keep her proceeds in Mexico.  Damaso Sr was captured, and Mini Lic ran to the DEA, payroll is done, connects are finished, the whole thing destroyed. There are no more Los Damasos.
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elranarene
Party time is Over.now its time for some bloody work.
CDS got hits and is under pressure from cjng.
Regarding ML. I doubt he knows much in detail about cds ops. In General yes but not so much about routes.names.etc. He never learned the job of his father. He was just brassing with the money his father made.
His fellows got killed and all other alligned with el Mayo to surrive. His father can tell Stories but he is still im mx jail.
I believe he will get 10-15 but not much More. It will ne interesting when he Returns to mx after jail. Nothing will be left. All his properties have new owners.the Money is gone and the Family name is fucked up.
Tequila aficionado
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el Jesse James
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Yeah I doubt he's got much money waiting on him. If he did, why not try to stay outta custody?
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El Doble J
Their family members are on the run and some have pledged allegiance to Mayo in order to not get whacked. I believe I heard his wife also crossed over to San Diego where she’s currently living while awaiting this whole process to end. Idk how much money they may have accumulated but they do have real estate and businesses on this side of the border.