7/31/2017 InSight Crime
One of the leaders of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel has turned himself in to US authorities in what could be the latest sign of fragmentation in the group’s upper echelons, a trend that has become increasingly evident since the extradition of legendary kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán earlier this year.
Damáso López Serrano, alias “Mini Lic,” reportedly surrendered to US authorities at the Calexico, California border crossing on July 26. He was transferred to the custodyof the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the following day, El Diario reported.
The motivation for Mini Lic’s surrender remains unclear. Some news outlets have reported that he may be facing drug charges in a California federal court, but US officials have not publicly commented on the case. A search of publicly available court records did not show Mini Lic as a defendant in any federal criminal proceedings.