After a top Sinaloa Cartel “Narco Junior” secretly pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court and is now cooperating with U.S. authorities, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam reaffirmed that Mexico has “no intention” of extraditing drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the U.S. where he faces criminal charges.
According to the Mexican press, Murillo Karam said he disapproves of U.S. prosecutors “reaching deals with criminals,” as they secretly did last year with Jesús Vicente “El Vicentillo” Zambada Niebla. Vicentillo is the 39-year old son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, long considered No. 2 in the Sinaloa Cartel and now believed to be the new King after Guzmán’s arrest in February.
Zambada Niebla faces a maximum life sentence under the plea agreement, with a minimum sentence of ten years and a minimum fine of $4 million (USD). He also agreed to forfeit assets worth over $1.7 billion. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stated that as long as Zambada Niebla continued to provide full and truthful cooperation throughout the investigation that the court would consider him a cooperative individual with the potential for an early release.
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