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Serafin, son of ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, arrested in Nogales

November 22, 2013


Serafin Zambada, the son of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, was arrested on the U.S.-Mexican border by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Wednesday.

Zambada was detained as he tried to cross from Nogales, Sonora into Arizona. He was accompanied by his wife Yameli Torres, who was not arrested.

Zamabada faces federal drug trafficking charges in California and is being held at a medium-security prison in Tucson, where he is due to be presented before a judge next Monday.


Serafin’s father Ismael runs the Sinaloa Cartel alongside Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and is considered one of Mexico’s powerful drug traffickers. Another of his sons, Vicente Zambada Niebla, was arrested in Mexico City in March 2009 and extradited to Chicago, where he is currently on trial for drug trafficking.


Despite the fact that his father is one of the world’s most wanted criminals, Serafin Zambada was not shy of flaunting his wealth or status, regularly using his personal Twitter account (@ZambadaSerafin) to post images of enormous stacks of cash, gold-plated AK-47s, bags of marijuana, expensive cars and exotic pets, such as lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs.


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