Sinaloa Cartel Leaders Charged in San Diego

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Jan. 21, 2014 (San Diego) The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reported the charging of multiple alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel. This was announced after the indictment was unleashed on Jan. 16.

According to the FBI news release: “The indictments mark the conclusion of the third phase of a three-year investigation that, in total, has resulted in charges against 117 people and has had a significant impact on the worldwide operations of the Sinaloa Cartel.”

According to the release: “This case began in late 2011 as an investigation of what was at first believed to be a small-scale drug distribution cell in National City and Chula Vista. The alleged leader of that cell—Jose Luis Iglesias, aka Jose Bautista Samano-Molina—and a number of his associates were indicted in 2012. Iglesias remains a fugitive, but most of his associates have been sentenced.”

The case disassembled cells in Chula Vista, National City and Oceanside. This also showed the reach of what is considered one of the most dangerous cartels in the world. Moreover, that San Diego is at the forefront of money laundering and drug distribution.

The indictment also targets the alleged leader of the Cartel, who succeeded “El Chapo” Guzman. These are:  Ismael Zambada-Garcia, known as “El Mayo,” as well as two of his four sons—Ismael Zambada-Sicairos, known as “Mayito Flaco,” and Ismael Zambada-Imperial, known as “Mayito Gordo.

This extraordinary case is this district’s most significant, comprehensive and large-scale cartel prosecution since the dismantling of the Arellano-Felix drug trafficking organization. We are going after the Sinaloa Cartel with the same passion, knowing that the drugs and violence peddled by the cartel are destroying lives and tearing the fabric of our communities.”

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Categories: County of San Diego, DOJ, Sinaloa Cartel

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