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Son of alleged Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin arrested at border

November 22, 2013|By Richard Marosi
  • A pedestrian border crossing at Nogales, Ariz. The son of an alleged Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin was arrested at the border crossing on Wednesday.
A pedestrian border crossing at Nogales, Ariz. The son of an alleged Sinaloa… (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles…)

SAN DIEGO -- The son of one of Mexico’s most wanted drug kingpins has been arrested while trying to cross into the U.S. with his wife in Nogales, Ariz., federal authorities said Friday.

Serafin Zambada, who was arrested on Wednesday, is expected to be transferred to San Diego where he is wanted on drug trafficking charges, according to Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego.

Authorities said Zambada is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a top leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, which is believed to smuggle more drugs into the U.S. than any other Mexican organized crime group.

Vicente Zambada, another son of Ismael's, was captured in 2009 and is awaiting trial in Chicago.

Federal authorities have offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Ismael Zambada.

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richard.marosi@latimes.com

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