Mexico arrests son of Sinaloa drug cartel chief

Mexican marines have arrested a son of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel`s top leader in the northwest of the country, officials said Thursday.

Mexico City: Mexican marines have arrested a son of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel`s top leader in the northwest of the country, officials said Thursday.

Ismael Zambada Imperial, alias "The Fat Little Mayo," was captured Wednesday in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, federal and marine officials told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"He was arrested in that area," the marine official told AFP.

He is the third son of Sinaloa cartel boss Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada to have been captured in recent years.

The federal official said Zambada Imperial was taken to the attorney general`s office in Mexico City, where he was being interrogated by prosecutors.

The officials had no further details about the arrest, or the charges that he faces. An official announcement was expected later Thursday.

Another son, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, was arrested by US authorities in November 2013 at an Arizona border crossing. He pleaded guilty to drug charges in September.

Another family scion, Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Chicago and agreed to cooperate with investigators, admitting that his father has been a Sinaloa cartel chieftain since the 1970s.

Their father inherited the cartel leadership after its top boss, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was captured by elite marine forces in the Sinaloa Pacific coast resort of Mazatlan in February.

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