El Chapo’s former assistant referred to as ‘The Engineer’ pleads responsible to drug fees

Drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s former senior lieutenant pleaded responsible Friday to trafficking greater than 150 kilos of cocaine and greater than 30 kilos of heroin.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, 51, faces a minimal of 10 years and as much as life in jail when he’s sentenced on July 7.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia after his arrest by the Mexican police.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia after his arrest by the Mexican police.
(REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya)

Generally known as “The Engineer,” Sarabia allegedly ran operations for the multibillion-dollar Sinaloa drug cartel earlier than he was arrested in 2015.

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He informed U.S. District Choose Sharon Johnson Coleman by way of an interpreter Friday that he “all the time made a residing as a rancher,” based on the Chicago Solar-Instances.

The authorities escort the Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "The Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane in Ronkonkoma, NY

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, middle, from a airplane in Ronkonkoma, NY
(US Legislation Enforcement by way of AP)

Sarabia’s responsible plea comes after Guzmán was sentenced to life in jail in 2019 for his 25-year reign as the pinnacle of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

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Guzmán’s son, Ovidio Guzmán, was arrested by Mexican police earlier this month within the Mexican metropolis of Culiacán.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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