Wednesday, August 16, 2017

San Diego: Mini Lic lieutenant pleads guilty to trafficking from Sinaloa to Tijuana

Mini Lic associate lieutenant pleads guilty to trafficking from Sinaloa to Tijuana 

As Damaso Lopez-Serrano adjusts to live in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego, a looming structure overlooking the city, and the bay, his close associate  Jesus Manuel Salazar-Nunez has pled guilty, on the day he was scheduled to go to trial, in the court of Dsitrict Judge Dana Sabraw, who is overseeing prosecutions against Chino Antrax, and Serafin Zambada-Ortiz. He pled to a three count indictment, conspiracy to import cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

All these cases, the flow chart of how drugs are trafficked across the country through San Diego, stem from Operation Narco Polo, which will be the defining investigation that brought down the Sinaloa Cartel, as we knew it from 2006 to 2015.



From Narco Polo, prosectors assembled indictments against 60 members of the Sinaloa Cartel, starting in 2011, and ending at the end of 2015, though the resounding round of indictments will likely be against what leadership remains, including Ivan and Alfredo, though Ivan is named in the primary case of Narco Polo.  

For now, there is Lopez-Serrano, who enjoyed the fans, the glamour, the success of a narco-junior, from his father, the friend of Joaquin Guzman Loera. Lopez-Serrano self surrendered at the Calexico port of entry late last month, the US Attorney's office in San Diego, described him as the highest ranking cartel member to do so.  

He had been hiding in Mexicali, in safehouses, assumedly on the run, and lacking in resources, though his surrender may have been recommended by his father, as the only way to save his son's life.  His one time friends and compadres, Ivan and Alfredo, after securing El Dorado, and the rest of Los Damaso's territory, would have killed him eventually.  

Behind Lopez-Serrano, but first to be captured, and first to plea, is Salazar-Nunez, 35, of Sinaloa.  He was arrested at the Hatfield-Jackson international airport in September 2015, by federal task force agents, on the OCEDTF, Organized Crime Drug Trafficking Task Force, which handles many cases in San Diego, including Operation Luz Verde, which returned indictments against dozens of CAF members and affiliates in July 2010, and had prepared a sealed indictment against Salazar-Nunez in early 2015. 

In Salazar-Nunez possession was a Blackberry, that being intercepted by the task force, who had been listening and watching, as they seized his and Lopez-Serrano's drug shipments, and watched their reactions.  Court documents do not indicate how they infiltrated their operation, but it is noted it came from previous Narco Polo cases, and likely informants, as well as common wiretaps.    

Salazar-Nunez and Lopez-Serrano organized drug shipments send by tractor-trailer through Sinaloa, to safe houses in Baja California, Tijuana, and then trafficked to San Diego.  It is unknown if the product was then sent out of San Diego or distributed locally.  The amounts are interesting, and may indicate the product was for a certain customer.  The first to fall was a tractor trailer in Sinaloa, which US agents directed elements of SEDENA to intercept.  

The load was 285 kilos of methamphetamine, 11 kilos of cocaine, and three of heroin.  The next was in April 2015, in Los Mochis, at the Culiaican/Guasave Navy checkpoint.  The load was hidden in 19.2 tons of shrimp, 422 kilos of methamphetamine, 38 kilos of heroin, and 3 kilos of cocaine.  The next was in August, 165 kilos of methamphetamine. 

Agents arrested Salazar-Nunez flying into Atlanta, and he has been in custody ever since.  It is likely he had direct dealings with Mini Lic, and could be able to testify, if he decides to cooperate.  He is facing a life sentence, based on his plea, and the quantities involved.  

This answers some questions about Mini Lic's and his fathers operations, and where, and how much they trafficked, and who passes the most product through the Tijuana plaza.  Mini Lic was charged in a similar indictment, filed in August 2016, 11 months after the arrest of Salazar-Nunez, for the same drugs described in the indictment against Salazar-Nunez.  The redacted indictment also charges Nahum Abraham Sicarios, "El Quinceanero", detained days after Mini Lic's surrender in Calexico. Sicarios was detained in a Mexico City condo complex, similar to where Damaso Lopez Sr was arrested, in late May 2017.

From Mexico City, to Sinaloa, to Tijuana, to San Diego, and across the country to Atlanta.  The flow of traffic, of product, of money, is revealed, and exposed.  There is more to tell.  More to explain, and to compromise, if Mini Lic decides it will be in his best interests to tell his lifetime of secrets.  

Mini Lic, represented by Michael Littman, prominent San Diego attorney, has pled not guilty to the charges, and waived his right to bail.  And, now they wait. He is in good company, though through bars and walls, and floors, they are worlds apart, MCC houses Chino Antrax, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, among dozens of others Sinaloa traffickers, who can sit and remember, la vida mafia.  The girls, the parties, the shipments, the houses and cars, maybe they will see it again some day.  And maybe not. 

Sources: US Attorneys Office Press Release


46 comments:

  1. J you sound like a poet

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    1. The article is making this two seem like small time drug traffickers they been pushing dope since before 2005, they forgot to mention the part about where feds found over a tonn of coke plus hundreds of pounds of ice also tens of pounds of heroin along with some cash @ a stash house in national city california close to the border. It happened before 2012 apparently.

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    2. I don't think that's true, but 1,000 kilos were seized off Imperial in 2016, from a tunnel in Otay Mesa, and in 2010 outside San Bernadino as part of a multi agency OCETDF task force in Luz Verde, with about 1500 kilos.

      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/06/18-tons-of-illegal-drugs-seized-in-san-bernardino-county-.html

      https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/feds-seize-longest-tunnel-california-mexico-border

      Also, they have not been doing this since 2005, that's when the conspiracy is alleged to have begun, but basically means whomever their CI is, said they have been in the game since then. Mini Lic for sure was not sending 300 kilos of meth to San Diego, or anywhere else in 2005. First, it wasn't their plaza, two they weren't active like that. His trafficking activities are a direct result of Chapo's capture and his Dad moving up the ladder.

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    3. El chapo was his padrino that alone gave him plenty of leverage then there was lic damaso who was close with guzman

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    4. El unico padrino que cuenta es el que te lleva a hacer tu primera comunión con las putas.

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    5. No pues asi que chiste, las putas no cuentan, unas monjas no tan peludas de 18 quizas.

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  2. Nice pictures J, at least you don't get him and his cousin confused.

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    1. 5:40 the confiusin' works,
      "El Mamasin" can now go and claim his cousin is the right guy and he "the Mamasin" is the victim of the confiusin'

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    2. Just about every news article has inculded pics of him and liebre saying its the same person. How can they not see the difference.

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    3. 6:31 as long as they are not trafficking drugs on the picshors
      They both ok, the circumtantial evidence is worthless.
      But when you are railroaded in a kangaroo court on the US,
      that about all that counts.

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  3. Great read J....very insightful article...seems Damasos we're running allot more meth than coke or smack...explains allot though..I know the rest of CDS sells meth too, but lots more coke, and smack..now it shows...look at the most recent pics of Mini Lic, and his dad...TWEAKS!!! No wonder they tried clicking with El Mentweako..Nothing worse for business than tweaks.. Cook or Heroin users can be highly functional for years, but meth destroys people faster than anything...

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    1. 6:08 el grande hinchado y colorado, Tweakers produce more for less, they never demand over time pay, or lunch breaks, or benefits like the Cacaine addicts need, or have to be at the crack pipe every 5 minutes or are murdering people around to get their H fix every 8 hours because it is the only way they can fall asleep. RESPECT THE TWEAKER BOY.

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    2. True that meth destroys users faster but also it moves faster and the profit margin is a lot bigger. Coke will always be there but meth was hot for a few years and they were producing it at very inexpensive amounts and extremely largr quantities. Now its heroin that's making a comeback and it will aslo fade after a fee years. Cartels will just keep shipping whatever makes them cash.

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    3. No respect ever for tweaker...And yes heroin is huge...it'll be around...Millions of Americans hooked on Oxy..feds cracking down...whole new set of buyers..Everyday people from all walks of life will be buying, cuz they'll be cut off oxy..it's coming fast...I do agree synthetics are way more profitable...but the fent epidemic just starting.

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    4. 8.53am yo tweak (crystalmeth) became big in Europe as the drug of choice for homosexuals, before then it was relatively unknown. Apparently it keeps them going for a looooong time. You wanna try some with me? Haja

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    5. @9:08. Meth has been a problem in rodeo culture of America since 1970s. Cowboys finish a rodeo and load horses and gear and drive 8-20 hours to next big prize on the circuit. My dad and two brothers snorted from one rodeo to the next until my dad finally crashed Joan plane flying my brother to a rodeo in Wyoming. I seen it since I was a baby and saw every adult around me snortin it but I never used and was glad when dad died b/c he cooked and many in my family quit eventually. Meth is sick shit and I'd rather lick the bottom of a dumpster than put that poison in me.

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    6. Cristal is problem even with Street kids in Mexico now. Only ten years ago the homeless poor kids sniffed glue but now it seems cristal is just as easy for them to use. I wish the Mexican gob did more to educate the people how stupid cristal is to take.

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  4. If he tells he will get 120 months, if he doesn't, which I doubt, be will get 360 months, you heard it here first. In fact, what he gets will tell you' si he told or not. My .02

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    1. You are correct sir...you know it'll be 120....question is...who did they rat??? We know Vicente ratted, but it's said only on BLO, Zetas,Golfos etc...he was already protected...This is gonna get bloody. Lic already supposedly offered to trade Chapitos for his kids immunity...Chapo will try and blame everything on Damaso...the educated man...a total Nino Brown LMAO " I'm just a poor farmer who the Lic busted out of jail to be the front man"..it'll be epic!

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    2. You plead to previously agreed upon charges,
      That does not necessarily mean you "rat".
      There are very fine people even amongst drug traffickers.
      --I am truly sorry for you that seem to have never meet anybody above your lowly station by the wrong side of the tracks...

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    3. You are correct 8:58 am
      Unfortunately, not all have that intuitive sense of who to doing business with.

      E42

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    4. Fine people amongst drug traffickers? Yeah if you just over look the fact they MURDER innocent people.

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  5. Same judge on 3 defendants of cds?not a fan or nut hugger for los del tomate.but isn't it a conflict of intrest?just a curious guy.

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    1. You'd think it would be...but maybe laws different for non US citizens?????

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  6. Even snitching, mandatory minimum with that type of weight means he'll get 25 to 30 years easily. Your party days are over, puto.

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    1. Life for trafficking. No way, maybe 15 years

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    2. He won't get more than 15 maybe even 10. He is wanted only for trafficking and has no previous records in the us or mex. He will forfeit a bunch of cash and give out a lot of Intel.

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    3. 15 years? -ha,ha,ha.
      Fed's got so much on him just on tape. Conspiracy with a few kilos will get you 15 years, even if he sings like a canary.

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  7. I respectfully disagree. T
    Whether you have six keys of perico or 667 over 5 is highest indictment Feds make, for jeilo over half a key is highest, for Manteca over 1 is highest, now the fact that he is a Mexican national aggravates it, the fact that he is a first offender mitigates, so let's say those two cancel each other out, add to that the pure intel value of his semi unique info ( even con las gemellas y el lic) the Feds always want to verify they have eradicated any network by the root, so he will get 5k even if chapo never picks 12 and blows trail he will get rewarded you arrive at the most common of fed sentences, 120 months, it's their one size fits all deal they make. 120 months. Con todo respecto

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    1. You ain't lying my dad got 150 on a Manteca indictment we from Guerrero home of the manteca and he ain't snitch on no one took a blind plea!

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    2. Habitual offenders with current operations who are mexicans get the bible thrown at them, their only break is if they donate a few billions of dollars to some politician well ahead of their winning political office, and the money needs to be untraceable.
      People are investing on a mew e-currency, send me mil peisos for more information if you know what is good for you, right now.

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    3. 12:38; your obviously proud of your Mexican user slang but spare us. Those are terms used for use and nobody refers to perico when talking weight. Perico is cut street quality.

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  8. So little is ever revealed how the money flowed.
    Which banks where used?
    Who was bribed?

    I find it very telling that this imformation is very often omitted from investigations, even though the reason for the drug trade is money.

    To me this shows that the WoD is not intended to stop the flow of drugs (it seems to have INCREASED the flow of drugs), but only intended to fracture the big cartels since they become politically too influential.

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    1. Not Banks. Most of the money doesn't touch a bank, the banks have to report transactions of 10K or more

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    2. If that is the case than it is applicaple to Jose Treviño's case. They were gaining to much power in horse racing. The govt doesn't have any evidence of him being involved or having knowledge of importing/distributing drugs. But he didn't snitch so they gave him 20 yrs. The US profited off the seizures. And Z-40 & Z-42 are still in Mexico very likely making moves. What a success!!!

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    3. 6:p4 Deutsche Bank has been fined about 600 million dollars, for money laundering, on of the lowest fines banks have received, and they don't give a fack, they are still keeping about 90% of their customers money and 100% of their fees.
      No wonder Wilber Ross the american director of Deutsche Bank Cyprus is a secretary minister of the treasury or banking or finance or sompim' of the donal's Dignitary Cirkle Club

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    4. 1:26 Absolutely correct. Divide and conquer.

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    5. If they didnt have proof then he wldnt gotten charged with a crime

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  9. The Sinaloa Cartel is a multi national DTO, they do business in Europe, Australia etc we ain't talking about dudes that move a couple of bricks and spend their money on cars and nightlife, their money touches banks bro, that's a crazy statement that I'm sure if you rethink it you'd take back, con todo respecto

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    1. Drug money finances the world when will people understand just how big this is. The government needs drug money if not the world economy will collapse.

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  10. amazing j. kudos

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  11. He snitched on lic and mini lic so he will do less time.

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  12. This is shady, the guy wasn't even indicted when he turned himself In. Now he's already pleading guilty... It's a conspiracy!

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  13. Mini Lic and Salazar-Nunez were very much under indictment when they were arrested, and when Mini self surrendered. I wouldn't think Nunez would fly into the US knowing he was under indictment. Lic may have known, that is not clear, but it had been filed since August of 2016, and was under seal, I believe.

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  14. Just a General question.are any politicians known who took money from drug dealers in exchange for less prison time? I am talking about US poloticians.

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  15. You cant tell something aint right with this motherfucker just by that bullshit hes wearing. And that retarded jake harper haircut.

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