When President Donald Trump took office, he promised that he would crack down on illegal immigration like no other president had before. One of his main strategies of doing this was by securing America’s border with Mexico. In doing this, he can cut down on the amount of crime associated with the Mexican cartels.
This week, an arrest was made that will surely help the US to combat the scourge of narco-terrorism.
Damaso Lopez-Serrano, who is known by the nickname “Mini Lic,” was arrested at California’s Calexico West Port of Entry. This 29-year-old is the highest-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel to ever surrender to American officials, according to the US Department of Justice.
Lopez-Serrano was wanted by US officials after he was arraigned in a San Diego court on August 19, 2016, on charges of importation, distribution, and conspiracy involving controlled substances.
“Mini Lic” is the godson of infamous Sinaloa drug czar Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. According to some reports, Lopez-Serrano gave himself to American authorities because of an ongoing power struggle within the Sinaloa cartel. Although investigators have yet to disclose the amount of drugs that Lopez-Serrano and his associates are accused of smuggling into the country, there is evidence that “Mini Lic” and his organization are responsible for laundering millions of dollars and distributing even more narcotics within the United States.
The arrest of Lopez-Serrano also means that US officials currently have in their custody the right-hand man of “El Chapo” and one of the narco bosses who helped Guzman escape prison in 2001.
This is a huge victory for the Trump administration, which has placed a premium on breaking up the power of the Mexican cartels in the United States.
The Sinaloa cartel is the largest drug cartel in the world. The group currently controls the fertile soil of the Sierra Madre mountains, where the cartel pays Mexican farmers to grow marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs. The Sinaloa gang also controls the very violent Mexican cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, both of which border the United States.
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