Mexico approves the extradition of El Mayito Zambada to the United States

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Zetatijuana article

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
The extradition of Ismael Zambada Imperial, son of the narco trafficker from the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, to the United States was conceded by the Secretary of Exterior Relations of Mexico.

A Judge of the Sixth District in Federal Penal Processes, with base in Reclusio Oriente, moved the extradition to the United States of Zambada Imperial, the country where he will find his brothers Vincente Zambada and Serafin Zambada, also on narco trafficking charges.

However the legal team of “El Mayito Gordo”, as he is identified in District Court of Southern California, promoted an amparo against the motion, to get a provisional suspension of the order submitted by the Government of the United States.


In March of 2014, the Federal Prosecutor of the District of Southern California, presented an accusation against the son of “El Mayo Zambada”, together with 14 other narco traffickers for the crimes of conspiracy to commit illegal introduction in to the United States Marijuana, Cocaine and Methamphetamine through the frontier of Tijuana into California and the East coast of the United States.

After the decision of the Judge, to endorse the extradition order it was considered that the United States Government had complied with the relevant guidelines, and so negotiations had been conducted for the delivery of Ismael Zambada Imperial, arrested in Sinaloa.

In November of 2014, after an operation by the Marines in “El Ranchito de los Burgos”, located 60 kilometers from Culiacan, the son of “El Mayo” Zambada stayed imprisoned in the Puente Grande Maximum Security Prison in Jalisco.

In July of 2014, the American Judge submitted an apprehension order for the youngster born in 1984 and the accusation was kept secret until January of 2015, when the Prosecutor of the District of Southern California announced the charges and those accused.

Among the accomplices of “El Mayo Gordo”, who is signalled as leading a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel charged with the transit of drugs into California, are Rene Arzate Garcia “La Rana” and his brother Alfonso Arzate Garcia “El Aquiles”.

The same with his younger brother, Serafin Zambada Ortiz and Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa “El Chino Antrax”, who is on the point of receiving his sentence from the District Court of Southern California, after being declared guilty of the charges of narco trafficking.

Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana