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Son of drug lord arrested in Arizona pleads not guilty

SAN DIEGO — The son of one of the world’s most wanted drug lords has
pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego.

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 San Diego native’s father is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. The
elder Zambada is considered the strategist of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, more
involved in daily operations than his better-known boss, Joaquin “El Chapo”

The younger Zambada was arrested last week while crossing the border in
Nogales, Ariz., 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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