The son of a suspected Mexican drug lord who helped put ‘El Chapo’ in prison for life has been released from a US prison, and officials refuse to say whether he is on witness protection.
Vicente ‘El Vicentillo’ Zambada was recently released early from a 15-year sentence handed out by a judge in Chicago in May 2019. He was punished for admitting to helping carry out kidnappings and murders, bribing officials in Mexico, and shipping tons of drugs to the United States. for the Sinaloa Cartel.
Zambada’s uncle, Jesús Zambada, has also been released from prison, according to the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Zambada’s father Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada is also accused of being a drug lord, and remains at large with a $ 30 million reward for his capture.
The federal agency, Univision reported, declined to confirm or deny whether both individuals were under protective custody by law enforcement and did not provide a date and reason for their release.
“The BOP does not provide additional information about detainees who are not in the BOP’s custody or who have been released from the BOP’s custody,” BOP spokesman Emory Nelson told the network.
No further information has been given as to the whereabouts of the men. But their decision to turn on infamous drug lord El Chapo – full name Joaquin Guzman – means they will likely have to go into hiding for the rest of their lives to escape revenge from Guzman’s associates, many of whom remain loyal to the fallen cartel boss.
Photographed in Mexico City in 2009, Vicente ‘El Vicentillo’ Zambada helped flee the infamous drug lord El Chapo for life. He has been released from a US prison, but a spokesman declined to say if he was in protective custody
Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán after arriving in New York on January 19, 2017 after his extradition from Mexico. He was sentenced to life in February 2019 and is now languishing in the infamous ADX Florence ‘supermax’ prison in Colorado
Vicente Zambada was to be released in 2022 as part of a reduced sentence for his participation in El Chapo’s trial and had his name changed as a protected witness.
“The Marshals Service does not confirm or deny information about anyone participating or not in the Witness Security Program,” said James P. Stossel, spokesman for the US Marshals. Univision on Friday. “We also don’t give details about the movements of prisoners.”
Zambada, son of fugitive cartel leader Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, kept himself unobtrusive and kept him from ever being arrested
But he instigated the organization his father founded with El Chapo after detectives caught up with him in Mexico in March 2009. He was arrested and extradited to Chicago in February 2010, and admitted numerous crimes in 2013.
Anchored in the transnational criminal organization since his teens, the 46-year-old climbed to the top coordinating the shipment of drugs from South America.
Vicente Zambada settled in the Mexican province of Sinaloa and led the distribution of narcotics to the United States.
He was detained by police at a hotel in Mexico City after meeting with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. He took US prosecutors to court, arguing that the DEA agents had promised him immunity in exchange for engaging the powerful cartel.
The United States Department of Justice offers a $ 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada-Garcia, co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel
Vicente ‘El Vicentillo’ Zambada testifies against Guzman on January 3, 2019 in Brooklyn
Zambada eventually turned against his father, El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel in 2011, providing authorities with valuable information about the organization’s drug trafficking routes and criminal ties. He pleaded guilty on April 3, 2013.
On January 3, 2019, Zambada appeared in the stands for nearly six hours during El Chapo’s high-profile lawsuit in New York, offering information on how the cartel laundered money and how El Chapo and his father used submarines, trains, planes and vehicles to make traffic drugs. .
Zambada told the court that the cartel had stockpiled solely to pay at least $ 1 million a month in bribes to authorities in Mexico.
He also said Honduras’ current president, Juan Orlando Hernández, and his brother, Juan Antonio Hernández, were bribed with $ 1 million in exchange for allowing the Sinaloa cartel to operate in the Central American country.