Ismael Zambada ImperialAlso known as “Fat Mayitois one of the sons of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel, which have been the most disclosed.
Before being arrested in November 2014 by elements of the special forces of the Navy secretariat in Culiacán, “El Mayito Gordo”, 36, displayed his opulent lifestyle on social networks.
The images he shared on his Instagram account @ismaelimperial in a period of six months do not exceed ten, but they serve to account for the luxurious lifestyle he led. narcoyoung and the image he wanted to project abroad.
The first image is from May 5, 2014, and shows a watch from Italian jewelry and luxury brand Bulgari worth around $18,000 (253,000 Mexican pesos). “A gift from my carnal“explains the alleged profile of” Mayito Gordo “in one of the comments of the publication.
In the second image, posted twenty days later, Mayo Zambada’s son showed, as he himself described, “a small part” of his “humble” Collection of watches. One is pink, one is black, one is copper, the other is gold. The only thing the seven luxury items agree on is that the bracelet and the case, and even the dial, are encrusted with diamonds.
In the third image, posted the next day, May 26, Zambada Imperial is seen atop an ATV, next to one of his companions, in what appears to be part of the Sierra Sinaloa or Golden Triangle. ; the stronghold where his father lived in hiding for years.
The photographs published in the following months continued in the same vein. Zambada appears the same in a club surrounded by women as on board a private plane or in front of a golden bottle of champagne or in a Mercedes Benz vehicle fresh from the agency. The last image, posted on November 3, 2014, nine days before his arrest, is a postcard of the Taj Mahal with the caption: “Few follow me”.
On November 12, 2014, he was arrested in the town of La Estancia de Los Burgos, in the El Salado union. He was with other members of Los Ántrax, one of the armed arms of the Sinaloa cartel, identified as Noé, Francisco, Ramón and Esteban.
They seized four AK-47 rifles, a 9mm caliber pistol, four handguns, a rifle, a plastic box containing 46 7.62 x 39mm magazines, 11 5.56 caliber magazines, five pistols, a military-style helmet, 2,107 rounds. and two drug packages: one with marijuana and one with methamphetamine (crystal).
In its statement, Zambada Imperial said the arrest did not match the official version of the authorities. He himself explained that around 09:00 that day, he was at his grandparents when he noticed the presence of helicopters from the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR). before thatdecided to try to escape in one of his mountain bikes.
After reaching another town, “El Mayito Gordo” abandoned the all-terrain vehicle and entered one of the mountains to escape the sight of the following helicopter. According to his own version, he walked for more than three hours in the Sierra Sinaloa.
Then, he explained, he hid in a stream and went to a school where about 10 masons worked. There he tried to hide in one of the rooms, but soon after the Marines entered the campus, they overpowered him and took him away in an official van.
Later, he explained, they tortured him into agreeing to belong to the Sinaloa cartel and took him to Culiacán airport in a helicopter belonging to the institution, where he boarded a plane that took him to Mexico City.
In their report, elements of the Secretary of the Navy they gave a different version of the capturenoting that the four men were arrested around 11:00 a.m. at the Ranchito de los Burgos.
According to what the Marines reported, they were conducting an air and ground operation in the city that day, when officers flying a helicopter reported four armed individuals leaving a building in a Dodge Ram truck. Officers reportedly stopped the vehicle on a dirt road, about 60 yards from the house, and upon checking the crew found weapons.
After his arrest, he was held in a maximum security prison and sentenced to nine years in prison by the Federal Court for the Southern District of California for importing and distributing methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana into the United States. . Four years later, in December 2018, he was extradited to this country.
This Monday, June 27, it was reported that his lawyers had paid $5 million (around 100 million pesos) to the authorities of the United States (USA) of Bureau of Prisons (BOP, for its acronym in English), it is therefore already out of federal custody.
The agreement was part of an agreement between his defense and the US governmentbecause he agreed to pay the amount of money compensation for damage caused by crimes of which he was found guilty.
After the release of Fat Mayito, all the children of The May Zambada they will be released by 2024, well Serafin Zambada Ortiz, He will bewas released from prison after five years in prison in the United States, while serving time for trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine in the country.
In the same way, Vicente Zambada Niebla, Vicentillowill serve his sentence in 2024, when he will be released from prison after being imprisoned for 15 yearsbut his whereabouts are unknown, as it is said that he has already been released from prison under the witness protection programsince he is already out of the country’s prison system.