Sinaloa Cartel Leader Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - The son of the reputed head of the Sinaloa Cartel pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court today to conspiracy charges for his role in the cartel's drug trafficking empire. Ismael Zambada-Imperial, 35, also known as "Mayito Gordo,'' also agreed to forfeit $5 million in drug trafficking proceeds as part of his plea to all charges in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Zambada-Imperial's plea included admissions to organizing the transportation and distribution of thousands of pounds of drugs from Mexico into the U.S., as well as "directing acts of violence for the purpose of promoting the Sinaloa Cartel's narcotics trafficking activities,'' the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Also named in the indictment we
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