Wednesday, March 21, 2018

San Diego: Serafin Zambada Ortiz sentenced to 66 months

Serafin Zambada-Ortiz sentenced to 66 months

Years after his arrest, after the press conferences and seizures, some of the lead defendants, and most high profile names in Operation Narco Polo are being sentenced.  In San Diego Federal court, in front of District Judge Dana Sabraw, Serafin Zambada Ortiz was sentenced to roughly 66 months in prison, or 5 1/2 years.

He will released in September, having already served the majority of his sentence in the San Diego MCC, since his extradition from Nogales in September 2013, when he was detained with his wife, who was later released, on a warrant from San Diego, alleging drug conspiracy and distribution charges. 


Operation Narco Polo concluded in 2015, with a press release detailing the infiltration and indictment of all the major traffickers in the Culiaican/Tijuana corridor, and internationally. It is the single most impactful indictment targeting the Sinaloa Cartel, out of San Diego, which has become, in my opinion the center of major narcotics related activity in Southern California.  

Narco Polo's after shock also ensnared the ill fated Los Damasos, and intelligence gathered Narco Polo, led to the indictment, and eventual arrests and surrenders of Mini Lic, his uncle, and their top ranking members last summer.  Damaso Lopez Serrano pleaded guilty to a 5 count drug trafficking indictment, and another one filed in the district of Virginia, which also included his father. Damaso Lopez Sr. is awaiting extradition in Mexico, in the same Juarez prison where his compadre and godfather to his son, Chapo Guzman, waited.  

Indictment after indictment has targeted the Sinaloa traffickers, since 2011, when Narco Polo began.  Among the list of fugitive defendants, are Alfonso Areteaga Azarte "Aquiles", and his brother Rene Azarte, "La Rana", Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, Mayito Flaco, and Ismael Zambada, among others.  All the Tijuana plaza bosses, with exception of Jose Soto Gastelum, were named, and many of the Culiacan based Los Antrax cell, including Cheyo Antrax, and Changuito Antrax, who escaped last year from a Culiacan prison, along with another defendant in Narco Polo, Alfonso Limon-Sanchez.  

Zambada-Ortiz, after his arrest and a round of media stories with instagram accounts and tweets, many of which were not his, pleaded guilty in September 20145, to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilos of cocaine from Culiacan to Tijuana, and into the United States.  And then, nothing. His sentencing was pushed bac year after year, as speculation grew, he was being held somewhere else, he had been released, he was in Wit-Sec, or custody of the US Marshals.  

As of March 2018 he was in the San Diego MCC, and will serve another 6 months or so, before his release.  The judge, the assistant US Attorney, and his defense attorney, Saji Vettyia, all agreed upon the sentence.  The judge stated he was receiving and extremely favorable outcome, and credited his "genuine remorse", youth, and relative inexperience in the drug business for the reduction in his sentence. 

Many letters from family members spoke of his character and intelligence.  He told the judge, through a translator, he would "raise his two children in the best way possible".   He had evidently only begun to be involved a few years before his abrupt arrest.  His family members filled the courtroom in support.  Jose Rodrigo Gamboa aka "Chino Antrax", is scheduled to be sentenced in the upcoming months, in front of the same judge.  He too, has been in the MCC, since his extradition and guilty plea in 2014, and 2015. 




81 comments:

  1. Wtf..i have a cousin that was sentenced to 25 years for way less than this cat did ...thats crazy

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    1. How much money was your cousin donating to the government?

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    2. Yup just recently last week somebody I know got 5 years fed time for less amount of drugs with no criminal history first time ever arrested. crazy how the judicial system works for some people when you got money and are the son of a cartel boss

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    3. As noted here; money works the same like in Mexico. Buying freedom!
      So is Mexico’s scrupulous actions / policies any different from U.S.?
      For all those finger pointing critics out there.

      E42

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    4. "Going Bad" by Michael Kevin explains how the big fish get a good deal and even get paid to deliver other less worthy guys that they themselves entrap some times, the DEA has been getting purged of its veteran more effective and ethical guys in exchange for puppets that follow the directorate guidelines and give deals to crooks for lesser value criminals.

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    5. 7:30 Michael Levine, Güey
      Author of many writings on drugs and drug trafficking and a critic of the "new DEA" that makes good coin from dealing large nice deals with the most corrupt criminals .a king them "confidential informants" (CIs) to entrap suckers and present work, SINCE THE 70s!!!

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  2. La siguiente generacion de capos Sinaloenses. El Mayo dio escuela pa los que siguen

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  3. Oooooo he snitchinggggg. 5 Years? You fucking kidding me. That under the minimum. Let me see his paper work

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    1. And what are you going to do if he did snitch. That is the real question.

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    2. A ezte güey si le costió andar ahi de caliente puésn!

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  4. No pos wow LOL🍻👻💵

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  5. El mayo, is gonna have all his sons back by 2020...

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    1. Yep....I told you all almost 2 yrs ago. This was a deal with both govs. He knew what was gonna happen, so he had his boys stashed up here. It's that kind of brilliance, patience, and paying top dollar for political, and security protections Vicente next...He will be top, then Sera, then Gordo. They are set for life +...As long as there's money...... Everybody owes, Every buddy pays"

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    2. Well put Grande.
      You hit it on the nail with your thinking.

      E42

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    3. You mean like Mencho when he got caught and went back to mexico. Hes homefree now right? Not. You guys are ridiculously naive. If they stay clean theyll be free. But no way in hell mayitos will turn to a life of good. Theyl be back in trouble in no time.

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    4. Don belive This. Yo make a deal in court in SD but what happens if an indictment is unsealed in an other State. He will do his remaining time and then instead of deported back to Mexico transfered to an other US jail. Donald want capital punishment for opiat dealers. Politicians Are changing. Its a way to risky.
      He just made a deal and nothing more, there is No conspiracy about his sons.
      Or can mayo view the future

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    5. You can’t compare these kids to mencho, these kids loaded and will always have people watching them they ain’t gotta do anything their people are the ones getting their hands dirty

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    6. A lifetime receiver of drug trafficking blessings that has been fined 250 million dollars for money laundering in the Taj Mahal can't be sentencing anybody else to death, that on top of protecting drug traffickers like Joseph Weichselbaum, a 3 time convicted cocaine trafficker from florida...

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  6. La cárcel es pa los pobres, no pa los ricos 💯 Remember that

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  7. lol, what a joke. thew judge must be a moron.

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  8. he worked the system he deserves his freedom

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  9. El chavo, El contador are not even wanted lol

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  10. He did a lot of snitching, no wonder sinaloa got hit bad recently.. Just making it easier for cjng to fully take over tijuana. Shoot, they already have half of Tijuana plaza. "(Don't believe the guy below that will say that cds fully control Tijuana and cjng is not there)" lol

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    1. Not a cheerleader all cartels are bad for Mexico but I must say that CDS is to Narco what Bruce Lee is to karate movies.

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    2. It is very strange that EL APACHE SHERIFF ARPAIO IS GONE, AND LA CHAPA FELL to the US about the same time, this seems like a change of the guard in Arizona...

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    3. 3:37 was, a while back but not as powerful as it once was. Don't get me wrong, cds are still one of the strongest cartels but for now cjng is the big dog. Who knows next election, they are not killing off all the runner ups in gov for no reason..

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    4. CJNG controls the alley in Zona Norte Tijuana...."Cuantos, Cuantos". They even want the paraditas to pay up.

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  11. Zambadas and menchos are gona unite

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  12. U.S. government: Zambada stick out your hand.
    Zambada: why?
    U.S. govenment: just do it!
    Zambada: (shaky) ok.
    U.S. government: slap, slap, slap...don't you ever do it again.
    Zambada: (tears in his eyes), no never again...
    U.S. government: you have learned your lesson. You are free to go!
    Then End

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    1. Hahahaha awsome!

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    2. That’s all rich people, and some middle class

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    3. Ya act like he got no jail time he did five years he has no record on his profile so yeah 5 years is gd enough

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  13. Rumor that the mexican army killed el mencho is spreading ....rumor.

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    1. I hope La Mencha leaves testimony and witnesses when and if he gets terminated, because NOBODY gets where he has got without goverment complicity, and associations on the US where big pharmacy can't cope with "other demands" at street level.

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    2. There would be a lot of destruction like when they tried last time and shot down the chopper with an rpg, not to mention all the car burnings in guanajuato, colima and Jalisco

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  14. Release in September...how much will chino antrax get? Or they too set him free to fight cjng.

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    1. El Changuito is already whooping their ass in TJ

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  15. Jaja what happen to the ones that where saying not here in the USA he is going to do life told u guys he will be out less then 5 years just lije chino

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    1. I'm pretty sure that was a possibility for Vicente not this guy you fool.

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    2. Chino is going to get 10 to 15 years max

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  16. Oooohhhhh such a lenient sentence reeks of a conspiracy. My guess is Mayo entered a deal in which he delivered Chapo in return for an early release of his son.

    I guess RCQ is next, but who is he being traded against?

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    1. You’re dumb, they paid billions

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    2. Vicente zambada coming out in 2019!

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    3. El nino is out by 2020

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  17. dont be surprised, he will be facing charges in other jurisdictions and has spilled plenty of info

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    1. You can’t be charged for the same crimes in the USA

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  18. All those narco lovers who come here spilling all that digital ink in favor of these guys. And in the end they actually ratted out a lot of people to save themselves. It’s every man for himself in the drug business. Loyalty is just a facade. - Sol Prendido

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    1. Y'all must be naive to believe anything else. These top dogs in cartels especially CDS pay their guys tho to take the heat thus you haven't heard or seen retaliation against Mayos raza or Chapos. Thats the stipulations their men must know and be willing to accept when you go to work for someone whos taking you out of poverty to making enough money where your kids kids dont have to work.

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    2. 4:47 You really think that. It's not that they don't want to they just can't.

      Everything takes time unless you are a high ranking government employee with 5 guys protecting them inside the states you wont get hit.

      The blurred out line that say you don't touch anyone's family doesn't exist anymore it is an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth a family member for a family member.

      Its up to the family if they want to just forget about it or they want revenge.

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    3. 4:47 is right. Besides Los charritos those guys hate sinalo due to the betrayal lol

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    4. I highly doubt El Mayate told La Chapa que anduviera ahi de caliente con el Honor de la Castillo,
      Whatever happens is your problem, CDS allowed to get divided and got quartered in no time, specially since they chose to work closely with the chilangos in their airports like EPN and genarco Garcia luna who El Barbas allowed in his hangars in the Toluca Mexico State airport, those pickpockets were not going to be nice to El Barbas and Co. And they weren't.

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    5. They are not known as cartel de snitches for no reason, just saying. They are informants and even vicentillo said so in court

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    6. Una cancion para Las Chivas/ YouTube
      Enjoy, damn kids, they are lovely no matter what.

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  19. Money is the key for every lock door.

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  20. Them damn Twins messed it all up. Chicago is up for grabs right now, I wonder who will win the race.

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    1. Chicago has plenty of suppliers. Big cities always have an alternative. Drugs will never cease.
      Just more players like that of cable service providers.
      It never ends!

      E42

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    2. Up for grabs. Lol you’re so dumb this is the USA, take that shit to Mexico. Here we got businessmen

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    3. Chicago is not up for grabs, what happens is that there are no single big fat hens, the risk has been spread down there among the pollitos by the owner of the chicken coop, El Papá de Los Pollitos, say, who got the twins to record Vicente Zambada Niebla requesting "more than machine guns and rifles"?
      Also gave immunity and impunity to the twins, nice deals and got la Chapa isolated in prison just like John gotti and other stormy people, their specialty.

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    4. Are you serious with that tay k line

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    5. 5:46 would love to know what yu tolkin' about?

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  21. Called it a couple months ago and everybody said no no no, zambada had his sons turn themselves in after realizing that if El Niño cooperated and only got a minimum sentence his kids would do even much less time and come out with a clean record. Serafin will now just roam around the US and Mexico freely and enjoy the millions his daddy left him.

    If you don’t see that the DEA and American agencies are blatantly favoring Mayo you need to go get your eyes checked . He has been the one turning all of hiscompdres in or eliminating all that he thought unfavorable to his legacy. Why the whole CDS still worships this guy is unclear to me, They will go out and murder an innocent reporter who writes articles on what’s going on (Ríodoce guy) but won’t even dare mention that El Rey zambada, Vicente zambada, Serafin zambada are all informants to the DEA.

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    1. El M grande no es rata

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    2. Of course cds is DEA favorite cartel, chapo and Zambadas are known DEA informants but I wonder what will happen to chapo.. Will he testify in court like vicentillo that he was giving information to the DEA in return to sell drugs? And will it fly? Worked for vicentillo because he's not going to see much time, maybe it was the 1.5 BILLION dollars that they made him cough up but chapo claims he's broke and can't even get a lawyer while his kids are partying like it's all good in the hood..

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    3. Man I've been saying this for years and people saying I'm retarded lol

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    4. Maybe that's why they are killing reporters they don't want no body to know

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  22. Funny how the US govt does a lot of these plea deals with big fish to sweep their own dirt under the rug.
    Like maybe how their implicit support of CDS led to the death and victimization of thousands..

    I guess its no different then backing some bloody dictator

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  23. I WENT FROM LOOKING AT 10 YEARS TO 3 MONTHS..AT MCC..OH AND YES MONEY DOES MAKE A DIFFRENCE. BIG SHOUT OUTS TO LEVEL 8 FLOOR AT MCC.

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  24. Every set of twins have there day

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  25. They just want to follow him to his Papa !

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  26. Do you guys really think someone of his caliber is going to coordinate loads. The US can manipulate any scenario for monetary gains. Think outside the box people

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  27. Why did he name 2 of his kids after himself?

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  28. These guys always say the same shit once they are caught, "I am remorseful for my bad deeds"

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  29. They are truly sorry (sorry they got caught) is more like it!

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  30. Fucking durty snitch!!

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  31. He snitched like chapo

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  32. I do find this funny: the Govt will accept payment for fines and restitution from known cartel members ie chino, niño, el mata amigos, etc etc but will not alllow Chapo to pay for his lawyers with his “ill gotten gains”.

    Shoot just a year or two ago they accepted a $250k Chase Bank wire from José Rodrigo LOL pinches gabachos pelados.

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    1. 1:29 who tha hell is José Rodrigo?
      Paying high value informants for information on any level narcos has become a way of living for the drug enforcement agencies since the 70s. But gets worse, killing Kiki Camarena and demonizing star agents like Cele Castillo, Hector Berrellez and Phil Jordan to protect drug trafficking terrorists de estado in Mexico and the US, esas si son chingaderas!

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  33. He will be out before my camp trailer is paid off

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    1. I said the same thing he’s getting out before I finish paying my new car LOL

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