Previous top aide to El Chapo recognized as ‘The Engineer’ pleads guilty to drug rates

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A previous senior lieutenant to drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded responsible to trafficking additional than 150 kilograms of cocaine and much more than 30 kilograms of heroin on Friday. 

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, 51, faces a minimum of 10 several years and up to lifestyle in prison when he is sentenced on July 7. 

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia immediately after his arrest by Mexican law enforcement. 
(REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya )

Recognized as “The Engineer,” Sarabia allegedly ran functions for the multi billion-greenback Sinaloa drug cartel in advance of he was arrested in 2015. 

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He explained to U.S. District Choose Sharon Johnson Coleman by an interpreter on Friday that he “normally designed a dwelling as a cattle rancher,” according to the Chicago Sunshine-Times. 

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.  

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, heart, from a plane in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.  
(U.S. legislation enforcement by means of AP)

Sarabia’s responsible plea arrives right after Guzman was sentenced to lifetime in prison in 2019 for his 25-year reign as the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. 

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Guzman’s son, Ovidio Guzmán, was arrested by Mexican police previously this thirty day period in the Mexican town of Culiacan. 

The Associated Push contributed to this report.