Man be­lieved to be god­son of ‘El Chapo’ faces drug charges

He is in­dicted on traf­fick­ing counts af­ter turn­ing him­self in to U.S. bor­der of­fi­cers.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Lyn­d­say Wink­ley lyn­d­say.wink­ley @sdunion­tri­bune.com Wink­ley writes for the San Diego Union-Tri­bune.

SAN DIEGO — A man be­lieved to be the god­son of Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man, who turned him­self in to U.S. au­thor­i­ties amid an es­ca­lat­ing power strug­gle over the Si­naloa car­tel, was in­dicted Monday on drug smug­gling charges in San Diego fed­eral court.

Da­maso Lopez-Ser­rano, also known as “Mini Lic,” and Nahum Abra­ham Si­cairos-Mon­talvo, an as­so­ci­ate who goes by “Kinceanero,” are ac­cused of dol­ing out pounds of drugs to smug­glers and smug­gling drugs into the United States them­selves from about May 2005 to Au­gust 2016.

Court doc­u­ments don’t spec­ify the ex­act amount of drugs the two are ac­cused of fun­nel­ing into the coun­try, but state it was more than a pound of metham­phetamine, more than 2 pounds of heroin and more than 11 pounds of co­caine.

The men are also sus­pected of laun­der­ing money into the United States “with the in­tent to pro­mote … the dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled sub­stances,” court records said.

Lopez-Ser­rano pleaded not guilty to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute metham­phetamine, co­caine and heroin in­tended for im­por­ta­tion; con­spir­acy to im­port meth, co­caine and heroin; and con­spir­acy to laun­der money.

Si­cairos-Mon­talvo faces the same charges.

Lopez-Ser­rano is the son of — and got his nick­name from — Da­maso Lopez Nunez, who goes by “El Li­cen­ci­ado,” or the Grad­u­ate. The fa­ther was re­port­edly one of Guz­man’s top lead­ers in the Si­naloa car­tel.

Lopez-Ser­rano sur­ren­dered to U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers July 27 at the bor­der cross­ing in Calex­ico, of­fi­cials said.

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