Suspected Mexican cartel official arraigned in US court on drug charges

August 8, 2017 02:43

A suspected top official in a Mexican criminal cartel was arraigned in a federal court in California on Monday on drug trafficking charges after he surrendered to US law enforcement authorities in July, the US Justice Department said.

Damaso Lopez-Serrano, 29, also known as "Mini Lic," an accused cell leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader to surrender to authorities in the United States, the department said in a statement.

He was arraigned on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on Aug. 19, 2016, charging him and five associates with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances intended for importation and conspiracy to import controlled substances, it said.

A lawyer for the suspect was not immediately available for comment.

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