Alleged kingpin ‘El Mayo’ faces charges in Mexico


MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have charged an alleged cartel leader and brother of drug kingpin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and 15 associates with organized crime, drug trafficking, weapons possession and attempted homicide. Prosecutors said Friday in a statement that Jesus “The King” Zambada and the other suspects have been transferred to maximum-security prisons to await arraignment. They were arrested in Mexico City earlier this week following a shootout in which several policemen were wounded. Prosecutors describe Zambada as a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel in central Mexico.

He allegedly was involved in crimes including smuggling cocaine and methamphetamines through the Mexico City airport.