Aug. 7 (UPI) — A leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel surrendered to U.S. law enforcement agents in California on drug charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
Damaso Lopez-Serrano — also known as “Mini Lic” — turned himself in at the Calexico West Port of Entry on July 27. The Department of Justice said it believes Lopez-Serrano is the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader to self-surrender in the United States.
He was indicated in August 2016 along with five associates on charges including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances intended for importation and conspiracy to import controlled substances.
Lopez-Serrano faces an additional charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances intended for importation in Virginia along with his father, Damaso Lopez Nunez.
“At a time when more Americans than ever are dying from drug overdoses, the Department of Justice has made it a top priority to target the Mexican Cartel leaders responsible for the dangerous drugs that poison our families,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We will continue to go after these cartel leaders in order to dismantle their organizations from top to bottom, and today’s announcement should send them a clear message: you can turn yourselves in the easy way, or we will find you and bring you to justice the hard way. No matter what, you will face the consequences.”