Vicente Zambada, the son of "El Mayo", asked for his early release for fear of getting COVID-19, as revealed by the journalist of the New York Times, Alan Feuer.
Vicente Zambada Niebla, son of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada asked a federal judge in the United States to release him because he is afraid of getting COVID-19.
According to court documents, released Wednesday by New York Times reporter Alan Feuer, Zambada Niebla told Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman that she fears the new respiratory illness affecting the United States and the world. However, the Prosecutor's Office denied granting him freedom.
Vicente Zambada Niebla, alias “Vicentillo” is sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking more than a billion dollars in cocaine and heroin. However, he will serve his sentence in 2024.
According to the journalist Anabel Hernández, "Vicentillo" negotiated his sentence with the US authorities, after agreeing to provide information for the capture of drug lords of Mexican drug trafficking and being a key witness in the trial against Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.
The son of "El Mayo" Zambada was arrested on March 19, 2009 in Las Lomas de Chapultepec, one of the most exclusive areas of Mexico City, and almost a year later (in February 2010) he was extradited to the United States. , accused of crimes related to drug trafficking.
The government of that country requested life imprisonment for the accused, but “Vicentillo” knew how to negotiate: he offered details and names of the main Mexican drug traffickers, in exchange for a reduction in his sentence.
For months, Zambada Niebla spoke to US authorities in a total of more than 100 interrogations. Their cooperation allowed for requests for wiretapping and other police actions to be issued.
The son of “El Mayo” became one of the key witnesses in the trial against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, where he gave details of the crimes committed by the man who was listed as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, his escape from the Puente Grande prison hidden in a laundry cart, as well as the millionaire bribes that the criminal organization gave to Mexican officials.
Days before the so-called “trial of the century” began, Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty to two crimes of conspiracy and import and distribution of thousands of kilos of cocaine in the United States, using all kinds of vehicles, from submarines to jumbo jets.
After his testimonies and spending 10 years in a maximum security prison in the American Union, last May "Vicentillo" was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but he will only serve two or three years of that sentence, as he It will discount the time you have already been incarcerated.
The Prosecutor's Office considered that his statements were "an invaluable help" to accuse and detain "dozens of high command and hundreds of associates" of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán Leyva.
Among the cases in which he helped are not only that of “El Chapo”, but also in the drafting of the accusation against Dámaso López Núñez, “El Licenciado”, principal partner of Guzmán Loera and sentenced to life in prison in a Virginia court.
According to Anabel Hernández, Vicente Zambada Niebla revealed to him the way in which the Federal Police operated, which depended on the Ministry of Public Security, whose owner was García Luna.
According to what was reported by “El Vicentillo” and that was reflected in the book “El Traidor”, Genaro García Luna turned many of the federal police officers into gunmen at the service of “El Mayo” and “El Chapo”. But they also started buying drugs from him, so the uniformed became traffickers and even kidnappers.