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These are the possible heirs of El Mayo Zambada in the Sinaloa Cartel


Ismael Zambada has a dozen children. Some already have a history in drug trafficking but others are little known to the public. One of them will take his place as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

By Juan Cooper - Telemundo Investiga News

The Sinaloa Cartel is one of the largest criminal groups in the history of Mexico.

El Mayo Zambada

 and his partner Joaquín

El Chapo

Guzmán managed to forge by blood and fire an organization that, according to the United States Department of Justice, traffics between 40% and 60% of the cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana that enter through the border with Mexico, and that generates annual earnings in excess of 3,000 million dollars. 

In his 70s (the exact date of his birth is not public), its leader,

El Mayo Zambada


has never set foot in jail.

According to Mexican intelligence sources consulted by Noticias Telemundo Investiga, to avoid his capture the capo distributes his days among a score of modest properties in the Sierra de Sinaloa, where he knows how to camouflage himself between the thickness of nature and the loyalty of its inhabitants, always accompanied by a millimetrically organized security scheme.

But death is something that

El Mayo Zambada will

not be able to avoid.

In the coming years he will have to choose who will occupy his throne in the Sinaloa Cartel.

After the last capture of

El Chapo

Guzmán in January 2016 and his extradition to the United States in 2017, where he is serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado,

El Chapo's


were left in charge of his structure. criminal.

Los Chapitos

, as they are known, lead one of the two branches of the Sinaloa Cartel;

the other is directed by

El Mayo Zambada


That is why it is also expected that some of his children will take control of their portion the day it is absent, to maintain the same legacy that gave rise to the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Noticias Telemundo Investiga has had access to photographs and details about their lives unknown to date.

Mayito Gordo with his wife Griselda Félix.Noticias Telemundo Investiga

Ismael Zambada Imperial, alias

El Mayito Gordo


is 36 years old, he is the second son of 

El Mayo

Zambada and was one of the best positioned in the cartel structure;

He had earned his father's trust when his older brother,

Vicente Zambada Niebla, alias



was arrested in Mexico in 2009 and extradited to the United States.

At the

Mayito Gordo

liked to

go to Las Vegas to watch fights Mexican boxers as


Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in their social networks appeared to

enjoy luxurious trips to France, Dubai, Egypt and Monaco, where he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in shoes, clothes and watches from the most exclusive boutiques, according to sources close to the Zambada family.


 Mayo Zambada

liked about

El Gordo Mayito

is astute business and people respect earned by his charisma and not be a violent man.

He has "a great capacity to establish good relationships with key people for the proper functioning of the cartel," says an agent of the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico who prefers to protect his identity.

An example of this is the friendship with Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, the eldest son of

El Chapo

Guzmán, who leads the family's legacy after the capture and extradition of his father.

El Mayo


thought that Iván and

El Mayito Gordo

would make a good pair to take over the reins of the organization because they have a similar affection and respect to that of himself and

El Chapo,

according to sources close to the Zambada family.

Ismael Zambada Imperial, the 'Mayito Gordo', on December 19, 2019, the day of his extradition to the U.S. Telemundo Investiga News


Mayo Zambada

was annoyed that

Mayito Gordo

was so active on social media.

The world already knew his face, his luxuries and his friendships.

In fact, it was through this public life that the intelligence of the Mexican Navy and Army found his whereabouts in November 2014. Five years after his arrest, he was extradited to San Diego, California, in December 2019.

According to the indictment against him in the Southern District Court of California, his job consisted of coordinating the transport of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin to border cities "such as Tijuana and Mexicali, and from there" to cross them into the United States through tunnels, trucks and cars ”.

El Mayito Gordo was

also in charge of supervising the collection of money in the main US cities to move it to Mexico in cash and through bank transfers.

While still in prison, his father will have to arrange the chips to ensure the survival of an organization threatened by powerful rivals such as the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, with whom he currently competes for places and routes in various Mexican states. 

Serafín Zambada Ortiz, alias


, also has experience in the criminal world and was in federal prison in San Diego, California.

He was arrested on the international bridge in Nogales, Arizona, in November 2013, when he was walking across with his ex-wife Karime Yameli Torres Acosta, daughter of José Manuel Torres Félix,

El Ondeado

, a high command of the Sinaloa Cartel killed in a confrontation with the Mexican Navy in October 2012 in Culiacán.

Karime Yameli was released and Serafín was transferred days later to California, where an accusation for drug trafficking was pending.

After negotiating with the US government, he served almost five years in prison and on September 11, 2018, he was released.

Serafín Zambada Ortiz, returning to Culiacán at the beginning of 2019 according to Mexican intelligence sources.Noticias Telemundo Investiga

At the beginning of 2019, Mexican intelligence followed in his footsteps on a commercial flight from Tijuana to Culiacán, where he currently resides with his girlfriend, the Sinaloan model Eva Félix and her baby, according to sources close to the Zambada family.

Serafín is the son of Leticia Ortiz Hernández,

Mayo Zambada's

third wife

, and his sister is Teresita Zambada Ortiz.

Both were born in San Diego, California, and their childhood was marked by the episodes of violence they experienced closely in the war between their father and the Arellano Félix brothers, leaders of the Tijuana Cartel, according to Serafín in a letter to the judge of his case in 2018.

Teresita Zambada Ortiz

is married to Juan Carlos Félix Gastélum, known in drug society as

El Chavo Félix

, one of

El Mayo Zambada's

trusted men


According to Mexican intelligence sources, he is one of its security chiefs.

El Chavo Félix

had two children with the late


Claudia Ochoa Félix,

La Emperatriz Ántrax,

as she called herself, famous for posting photos with gunmen, weapons and luxuries.

Teresita Zambada Ortiz, with her husband Juan Carlos Félix Gastélum, 'El Chavo Félix'. News Telemundo Investiga

El Chavo Félix

does not have a criminal accusation in the United States, but there are several corridos that narrate his life in the

El Mayo Zambada organization.

One of them, made up of the group

Los Nuevos Ilegales

, says:

and I'm a mobster in case they're going to talk

I'm not crazy, I like the pisteada more,

I am the son-in-law of Mayo Zambada,

May God take care of me because what I dedicate myself to is the truth that is stupid.

Unlike his brothers,

Ismael Zambada Sicairos, nicknamed

El Mayito Flaco,

has tried to stay out of the public life of Culiacán.

He is the son of María del Refugio Sicairos Aispuro, another woman from Mayo Zambada.

Although sources close to the Zambada family see in Serafín a ranch man who is passionate about livestock and agriculture, like his father, the United States authorities assure that

El Mayito Flaco

has not been alien to the world of crime.

In fact, he is accused of drug trafficking in the Southern District of California in the same case of his older brother,

El Mayito Gordo


Ismael Zambada Sicairos, 'Mayito Flaco'. News Telemundo Investiga

The US government assures that

El Mayo Zambada 

has created a business structure in industries such as livestock, agriculture, construction and transportation with money from drug trafficking and, for this, he has relied on his family.

His heirs must ensure not only the drug trafficking businesses, but also the operation of a long list of legally established companies that serve to channel and multiply illicit profits.   

Rosario Niebla Cardoza


El Mayo Zambada's

first love

and from that union, 

El Vicentillo

and four daughters were born.

All of them, mother and daughters, appear sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States (OFAC, in English), the office of the Department of the Treasury that indicates to people and companies around the world who are funders of drug trafficking and drug trafficking. terrorism.

They are prohibited from conducting commercial or financial transactions with US entities.

María Teresa Zambada Niebla, first daughter of Mayo Zambada. News Telemundo Investiga

The eldest of the sisters is

María Teresa Zambada Niebla

, who was born on June 17, 1969 and married Javier Alonso Díaz Medina, known as

El Javi

, a drug trafficker with whom she had two children.

He was assassinated in Mexico City in 1996.

María Teresa Zambada and her children Javier, Ernesto and Mayte formed in 1996 the company Autotransportes JYM SA de CV in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, which is listed in OFAC.

They are also members of the Estancia Infantil Niño Feliz SC, a nursery in Culiacán, Sinaloa, which came to light in 2009 for having received subsidies from the Mexican government and which is also sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury.

Rosario Niebla Cardoza with her daughter Midiam Patricia Zambada Niebla. News Telemundo Investiga

The second daughter of

El Mayo Zambada

with Rosario Niebla Cardoza is 

Midiam Patricia Zambada Niebla

, who married Jesús Gabriel González Ibarra, who died in 2014 in Culiacán after receiving an electric shock in a domestic accident.

From that marriage were born Jesús Gabriel, Ernesto Ismael and María Elena.

The three of them, along with their mother, are partners in the company Arte y Diseño de Culiacán SA de CV, which is also sanctioned by OFAC.

 María Elena González Zambada, granddaughter of Mayo Zambada. News Telemundo Investiga

On April 2, 1980,

Mónica del Rosario Zambada Niebla was born


El Mayo Zambada's

third daughter

with Rosario.

Mónica married Marco Antonio Zazueta Osuna and they both founded the company Frizaza SA de CV.

They had two daughters, Mónica del Rosario and Rosa María.

Mónica del Rosario Zambada Niebla, the third daughter of Mayo Zambada. News Telemundo Investiga

El Mayo Zambada's 

last daughter

with Rosario Niebla was

Modesta Zambada Niebla

, who was born on November 22, 1982. She and her three sisters are partners of three large companies from Sinaloa that are listed by OFAC: Establo Puerto Rico SA de CV, Nueva Industria de Ganaderos de Culiacán SA de CV and Jamaro Constructores SA de CV.


El Mayo Zambada

had a daughter with Alicia Lara Camberos, named

Ana María Zambada Lara

, about whom little is known.

According to sources close to the Zambada family, he has three children and lives in Culiacán.

Although the outlook is not very clear on who will replace

Mayo Zambada

as head of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the viable options is for power to be distributed among his sons, as happened with the




, and thus continue with a Legacy already established in one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world.

Source: telemundo

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