A Mission Viejo man believed to be the ringleader of a major cocaine smuggling network was named in a federal indictment, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
Jesus Antonio Zambrano-Monroy, a Colombian, was among 10 people secretly indicted Aug. 22, said Assistant U.S. Atty. John Gordon in Los Angeles.
The indictments were unsealed Wednesday after one of the suspects, Efrain Ramirez of Queens, N.Y., was arrested in New York.
The indictments culminate a federal investigation that began in November, 1985, with a seizure of 10 kilograms of cocaine in Anaheim and a seizure of 100 kilos in Orange County on Dec. 6, 1985, Gordon said.
Also indicted and not in custody were Hernando Serrano, 41, of Anaheim; his brother, Daniel Serrano, 39, of Laguna Hills, and Nelson Guzman, 32, of Anaheim.