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Friday, September 16, 2022

Dámaso López Serrano "El Mini Lic" is Being Released from US Prison After 5 Years

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

"El Mini Lic" spent 72 months in prison, and according to the US government he has already completed his sentence.

Dámaso López Serrano "El Mini Lic," identified by the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) of the FGR, as the intellectual author of the murder of journalist Javier Valdez, will be released in the coming days after a US Federal Court in Southern California determined that he has cooperated and has already served his sentence in a maximum security prison in the United States. El Mini Lic has spent 72 months in prison.

“I want to apologize to all the people I have harmed and who have been harmed by my actions; I was wrong to take the path I chose,” Dámaso told Judge Dana M. Sabraw.

According to experts, it will be a matter of days, perhaps a week, for the son of Dámaso López Núñez, to gain his freedom. It is speculated that he will continue to collaborate with US prosecutors by revealing names, addresses, and details about drug trafficking operations directed by the different factions of the Sinaloa Cartel. López Serrano would be integrated into the witness protecteion program, which would give him a new identity, address, and social security number so he can work in the United States and not be deported to Mexico.

The Attorney General's Office (FGR), recalled that there is a request to extradite and try in Mexico who they consider being the intellectual author of the death of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and that they will insist on the ultimate consequences, because it is not enough for a criminal who is required in Mexico to join the protected witness program, and simply disappear from the map.

"Without a doubt, we will demand, although we trust that the United States government respects the agreement between the two countries and extradite this person," said Ricardo Sánchez Pérez del Pozo, head of FEADLE.

Mini Lic went into hiding and eventually surrendered to US authorities after his father had been arrested.

2017 Surrender to the US & Cooperation

Damaso Lopez-Nunez, Mini Lic's father, had taken over the portion of the Sinaloa Cartel led "El Chapo" after his capture. But Chapo's children, Los Chapitos demanded that they be handed over the leadership leading to a disagreement and war between the two factions with Los Chapitos gaining the upper hand. When "El Licenciado" was arrested in May of 2017, his son went on the run.

Mini Lic had been hiding in Mexicali, 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.

Damaso Lopez-Serrano, aka Mini Lic, 29, is believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the U.S. Lopez-Serrano was arraigned on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on Aug. 19, 2016, charging him and five of his close associates, including Nahum Sicairos-Montalvo, aka Kinceanero, with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances Intended for Importation and Conspiracy to Import Controlled Substances. U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw arraigned Lopez-Serrano on these charges and unsealed the indictment against these two defendants. The cell leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel was arraigned in federal court following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the Calexico West Port of Entry in California, on July 27.

Lopez-Serrano pled guilty in 2018, and accepted responsibility for his role as a leader within the Sinaloa Cartel, acknowledging that he organized the transportation and distribution of thousands of kilograms of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, for importation from Mexico into the United States. Lopez-Serrano also admitted to possessing firearms for the purpose of promoting the Sinaloa Cartel’s narcotics trafficking activities.

Judge Dana M. Sabraw recognized the advances of the Mini Licenciado and believed in his sincerity out of regret, due to the fact that he worked to compensate for the damage he caused in the Sinaloa Cartel. He must hand over a million dollars as forfeiture of proceeds from the sale of narcotics. He had also testified against his godfather, "El Chapo" Guzmán at the New York trial in 2019.

“He has reported extensively. The level of cooperation is extraordinary. He put himself in danger,” admitted the San Diego judge, who has brought other proceedings against members of the transnational crime group. Threats against his life after testifying prompted his transfer to a prison in Oklahoma for his safety.

An arrest warrant in Mexico for "El Mini Lic" was issued in 2020 for the assassination of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas.

Murder of Riodoce Journalist

Javier Valdez was assassinated as he left the Ríodoce offices on May 15, 2017, in Culiacán. Heriberto Picos Barraza, El Koala, who was sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison on February 27, 2020, and Juan Francisco Picos Barrueto, El Quillo, sentenced to 32 years on June 17, was arrested for his crime. of 2021.

The third involved as the material author of the murder of the journalist from Ríodoce, Luis Ildefonso Sánchez, El Diablo, was murdered and burned in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, in 2017. During the trial, it was established that Quillo and Diablo were the ones who shot Javier and Koala was the one who was driving the car in which the assassins were traveling.

The Prosecutor's Office presented various testimonials, including that of a context analyst, who after reviewing Ríodoce's publications of February 2017, established that Javier's murder was due to the Dámaso note titled "Dámaso and the School of the Great Giver."


In that note, Javier describes Mini Lic as a prop gunman, narco of corridos by order, and without the leadership capacity that his father Dámaso López Núñez, El Licenciado. The note was published when Los Chapitos were fighting against Los Dámaso after the arrest of El Licenciado.

One of the witnesses said that Quillo confessed to him that they had murdered the journalist and showed him a pistol that he received as payment, which had the images of the lawyer and Mini Lic on the handles. To that person, with a reserved identity, Quillo told him that the journalist had been murdered because he published a note that they did not like. Two people also testified that the Mini Lic offered them money, weapons, and a higher rank in the organization for murdering Javier, but both refused and then he told them that he would ask Quillo.

In January 2020, after the judge issued the arrest warrant, through his lawyer, Mini Lic sent a statement in which he assures that he had no participation in the murder. “These accusations are baseless and reckless. I had no participation or role in the death of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas. I am sure that I can prove my innocence, however, I am afraid that this accusation is totally manipulated to affect me and try to extradite me to Mexico,” he pointed out.

The Prosecutor's Office has asked the US for the extradition of López Serrano, but so far this has not taken place.

Sources Riodoce, Infobae, DOJ, DOJ, Borderland Beat, Riodoce

79 comments:

  1. This fool was part of the many emasculated cartels in Mexico, Sinaloa to be exact. Es un soy boy el guey.

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    1. Yeah the 5’2 michoacanos caras de Indio are the real tough guys they dont snitch even when facing 2 million years

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  2. Cooperation with Uncle Sam pays big time and Mini Lic. cashed in.

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    1. @719; payed off well for Chino Anthrax didn’t it! This young man will have anxiety the rest of his life. The families of those who are locked up, dead, and on the run will have a long-memory and be looking for both Damaso, Marco and their families for many years.

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    2. He is wanted by cdsnitches so if he goes back to sinaloa like Chino he will not last long

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    3. Dude I have high anxiety... But that's the game. He will eventually be back in the game...or do a Sammy the bull and make $$$ and have fame legally on the internet

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    4. 11:29 he's wanted by CDSnitches for snitching......

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  3. Cant return to Sinaloa, cant return to Mexico period. La Chapiza #jgl #701 dont allow betrayal.

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    1. If i had a penny for every cds member that has snitched i would be a Billionare

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    2. 8:13 you sound remedial

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    3. 8:13 billionaire or not, your pedorro stinks all the same

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    4. 8:13 It's the dope game snitching is and always will be part of it! These damn ignorant kids really think criminals won't negotiate deals for themselves

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    5. 455 snitching is not part of the game. Speaking of 12 years olds

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    6. Only in sinaloa you could snitch and stll be looked up to..
      Outside of sinaloa you snitch your for ever a coward

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    7. 8:06 You yourself will snitch lol

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    8. Yeah they do.... everything has it's price

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    9. 6:03 GTFOH JUnior

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    10. Damn there's some real 100 percent gangsters on this site

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    11. 3:46 and a lot more snitches 😉

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  4. Looking like an Argentine soccer player with that hair and adidas lol

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  5. Americas government giving him 5 years is a joke. You can get 5 years for getting caught with a couple grams and this guy was cartel leader. Murica

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  6. What if mayo’s plan is to have his sons Vincentillo and Mayito Gordo go and kill the Twins and mini lic while there in the witness protection program than after they take off to Mexico.

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    1. Sounds like a movie to me g better get on it lol

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    2. 9:05 mimados don’t kill shit. They’re fresas, not soldiers

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    3. 8:39 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 no mames

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    4. How stupid are you

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  7. Aqui le va al pinche Corrido Kid que siempre pones esos ridiculos y mentiroso corridos de Sinaloa.
    "Pa' empezar
    Tengo una cosas que quiero aclarar (haaa)
    Lo soñé
    Y el objetivo hacerlo realidad (haaa)
    Soy la 69
    Soy la chingona que salió de Riverside
    La que siempre quiso más
    A lo que me dediqué
    Fue cumplir cosas que desde niña soñé (heee)
    Lo que tengo me lo gané
    No por ser mujer fue que me le raje
    Y le chingué pa' tener lo que soñé
    Gracias a Dios que me cuido
    Y por el talento que me dió (hooo)
    Jenny69 up in this bitch
    Shout out to everyone in the IE
    Buchona shit
    From a pobrecita to a bad bitch
    This ain't no flex, it's a lifestyle hoe
    Soy la 69
    Soy la chingona que salió de Riverside
    La que siempre quiso más
    A lo que me dediqué
    Fue cumplir cosas que desde niña soñé (heee)
    Todo cambió me va mejor
    Ahora me ven quemando en mi huracán
    Me ven pasar lo que tengo me costó
    Pero llegué y todo fue
    Por mi hijo Manny que empecé (heee)
    From a pobrecita to a bad bitch
    That's a wrap
    Jenny69 "

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    1. People putting up corrido lyrics makes the comment section more entertaining

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  8. Some big fishes should just surrender and do 8yrs and retire without the Gringos looking for them after.

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    1. Look at Mayos sons that exactly what they have done.

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  9. My compa got more time in the feds for a 20 sack.

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    1. 8:58:
      I certainly believe you. Many people have served a decade or more for under an ounce. I wish I could say that we have a fair system, but when it boils down to information that the defendant possesses, justice is for sale. Mini Lic. had valuable information to give to the U.S. government and even with the information that he gave, I believe he should have done at least 20 years. One of the difficult things is this guy walked out before his 30th birthday. I believe our government is getting too generous with these plea deals.
      However, his case isn't over yet. He has a warrant for his arrest for murder in Mexico and the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Mexico. Extradition to Mexico would be the equivalent of a death sentence for him. If this was a normal murder warrant, they could sweep it under the rug, but this isn't a routine murder. He is accused of being the mastermind of Javier Valdez's murder. This is a high profile homicide case and not one that can be so easily swept under the rug. The U.S. has dug itself into a hole with this one. The U.S. wants the plea agreement to be meaningful but you can't give a suspect a pass on a high profile murder case. And it will be politically difficult to keep him in the U.S. and not extradite him. His only option is to go to a third country, but who will take him?
      It's hard to say how this will all play out.

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    2. Couldn't the government say he "fled" after giving him a new name or even help him evade justice a la Klaus Barbie? You have the most informative and Intelligent comments on here Mr. Detroit. When will you become a writer on here?

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    3. cause hes probably a cop...

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  10. This is not a sentencing or sentence that will get the press release treatment

    Same as El Cadete

    Southern District of California arranged both of these

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  11. Onother snitchaloa to the long list.
    His corridos were good but at the end he's just a glorified coward with fantasy sinaloa style music 🎶

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  12. His dad took care of this deal, it wasn’t so much that mini had big time info. Yes, it’s unfair when compared to those getting heavy sentences for light weight, but money talks, and bullshit walks… that’s the game for the gringos. Once in witness protection, MX is screwed with his extradition, the gringos will make a deal with them, something like “we will stop investigating this gov official of you let us keep him.”

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  13. disen que los culos no van a la guerra!! se escondió mientras mataban a su gente. y pa acabarla de chngr testifica contra su padrino 🤦🏻‍♂️ -el ahijado mal agradecido/al agua pato🎶

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    1. Chapitos betrayed El Lic & his son that’s why they snitched. The ambush they said Dámaso did was actually the Chapitos idea. They set the meeting with El Mayo & showed up then had their own folks shoot up the house & make it look like it was a Cuatro from Dámaso. You seriously think el Mayo getting away from young sicarios? If Dámaso planned the ambush I bet they wouldn’t have missed the target.

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    2. y aun asi hay cabrones que le festejan...

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    3. 8:06 you are straight delusional 😂

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    4. @ 8:06 why is it that most damasos ppl are now chapitos ppl.!? someone came out saying they where already betraying them on the low. its like blo. they were making a pact with cjng

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    5. y tu version seguro te la dio el damazo o el hijo . y debmos creerles @8:06 o como esta el asunto

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    6. Winners write the history. What & y’all believe Chapitos version only cuz they said it? Folks in Sinaloa know Chapo made Dámaso in charge when he was locked up & that once he thought Ivan was ready then to give Ivan the power. But Ivan preposterous behavior didn’t want that! Typical narco junior that never done shit. Dámaso ppl joined Chapitos cuz they didn’t want to die obviously it’s not like they going to leave their homes & join CJNG. When the Chapitos got picked up it was to teach them a lesson. Caro Quintero had Mencho support. Chapitos insulted Caro & they learned their lesson lol. The only alucines are the Sinaloa fans that say Pura chapiza y ni Ivan conocen 😂🤣🤣

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  14. Another SNITCHaloa cartel member demonstrating his class. If it weren't for drugs what would be of all those geniuses? From suppliers to clients, law enforcement to politicians, even their own family and compadres, these pussyfied individuals will spill the chilorio😆 on everyone as they scurry to save their panocha. A pero que corridos tan chingones tienen 🐁

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  15. Zambada family "treatment" is the type of justice BY USA law officers that benefits them the most. They get montains of evidence + ca$h.

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  16. I remember his instagram when he was on the run he was trolling the chapitos only to turn himself in a week later. They was throwing people from el dorado off planes it was crazy

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    1. I've never really believed that, but CDS did that in Sonora to a crime reporter.

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  17. He looks like he supposed to be driving a Beamer to his parents home in the hills lol

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  18. He is linked to a murder by a confession of a captured Mexican criminal, the us knows mx turtures for confessions this dude ain’t going back to mx, a gold plated gun could’ve been made by anybody

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  19. These rats were required to forfeit such a small amount..I remember years ago when Panochitas a leader from a cdg group got caught i remember reading something that alluded to him bng worth 100 million + ..one would think this guy and his dad made tons more money being in such close proximity to Chapo n having leadership roles.. thought CDS was raking in "billions" every year VincentZambada was asked to hand over billions were these guys just lazy or overhyped management level employees not leaders coz it seems the USA/DEA whores weren't wasting their time/resources going after them for such a small return..thats why they had to hand themselves in..they gave them such a sweet deal this rat and his dad probably have millions squirrel'd away somewhere..they must've snitched really well and it says he's gng to carry on giving information..the whole system is f'd up bet they only go after those with the most assets and money that can be seized..send this asshole bk for some real justice

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    1. 8:52 omar hamid garcia Harfuch has been accused of stealing 10 million dollars from el Lic Mamasón when el Lic. got arrested in México City.

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  20. I know dad and son. They were in AZ for a time. Dad actually went to law school in sinaloa, that is why they call him el licensiado. He told me he had a tomato farm and went to church every day. .

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  21. Don't you guys see yet... Mayos kids...mini lic... And a couple others went to the can and made deals. Now they can reconstruct the Federation. With the younger heads and have political juice as a comparative party. Only chapis sons haven't been touched

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    1. 11:43 🤦‍♂️ Otro pinche alucin, they are not that smart, they are just a bunch of snitches whom no higher up will want to work with, cause they will snitch on them

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    2. Fanboys come up with some really good excuses for Snitchaloa!

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    3. 11:43 reddit fangirl. Probably has a Chapo figurine at home

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  22. Esto son los "gallos finos" que tanto presumen in sinaloa 😆 pobre chalino se a de estar dando vueltas.

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    1. Y si, son puros gallos correlones en sinaloa 🤣🤣🤣 para Gallos fonos los del Cjng esos se mueren en la raya

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  23. ran into a interview just earlier today on youtube. the guy was in charge of mztln for damaso.i don’t remember if he said 2014-15. but he mentioned in that time damaso gave orders to pick up ivans ppl on the low and to blame rivals. he declined and damaso when after him the next day…

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    1. Could you share a link? I'm interested in seeing that.

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    2. https://youtu.be/p779bz6YR-o

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  24. He has a face you want to slap the shit out of...

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  25. WoW as a criminal he gets SSN Green Card and money. I put my aplicación in 2001 and I was accepted in 2005 and I’m still waiting for a visa to be available.

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  26. That goes to show his narco corrido was all bull shit.

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  27. It is super ridiculous that this piece of shit gets a green card while I’ll been waiting for 21 fucking years to get mine. This guys is a murderer a drug trafficker and he only cooperated just because he was afraid. At the end it change nothing. Drugs will keep coming in because with so much money traffickers can readjust to make it happen. Double standards for the US government and they still criticize Mexico when criminals are set free.

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    1. 9:10:
      So far, there is no information to suggest that he is in WitSec. Even if he were in WitSec, it doesn't guarantee a green card. If he gets back into the business all bets are off and he is deported to meet his fate in Mexico.
      Foreign nationals in WitSec exist in a grey area. They have been informally admitted into the U.S. but possess no legal rights. The DEA can issue passports, SSN #'s, etc., but these don't grant the same rights as someone who has gone through the process. From a practical perspective, if he is in WitSec he is a legal illegal. Until Congress passes legislation to give foreign nationals in WitSec rights, he will be living in perpetual limbo just like any illegal alien. Once you are granted a green card, you will possess the rights that he lacks. They can't deport a person with a green card without going through the complete court process which gives them a lot of rights. Mini Lic. will be a deportable alien, most likely for as long as he remains in the U.S.
      I wish you the best of luck in getting your green card.

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  28. CDSnitches at its finest. No que muy de huevos los chancludos

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    1. It's ok to snitch, you would sing like a Canary, if you wanted your sentence reduced.

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  29. El mini lic is living in Scottsdale AZ at the Kierland 3rd floor I saw him at the Starbucks as he was passing thru matter of time until others find out

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  30. I randomly found this and wow there seems to be a lot of Mexicans upset that this criminal snitched on other criminals.

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  31. Never knew Mexicans supported cartels so much

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