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Son of Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US

November 28, 2013

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The son of one of the world’s most wanted drug lords has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in the U.S.

Serafin Zambada declined to seek bail during his initial court appearance in San Diego on Wednesday. A judge scheduled a pretrial hearing Jan. 3.

The 23-year-old’s father is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. The elder Zambada is considered the strategist of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

The younger Zambada, who was born in the U.S., was arrested last week while crossing the border in Arizona with his wife, who was detained but later released. Prosecutors asked that he be moved to San Diego to face charges of conspiracy to import methamphetamine and cocaine, and criminal forfeiture.

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