The son of a reputed Mexican drug boss will be tried in federal court in California on charges he conspired to smuggle drugs into the United States.
Attorneys for Serafin Zambada-Ortiz argued Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson to have their client’s case moved to the Southern District of California in San Diego.
U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Thomas Ferraro granted the request.
Police arrested Zambada-Ortiz last week as he crossed into the U.S. in Nogales.
Zambada-Ortiz, 23, is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, reputedly a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel. Kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman leads the drug organization.
A September indictment of Zambada-Ortiz, which until recently was sealed, says he conspired to bring at least 500 grams of methamphetamine and 5 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S.
Zambada-Ortiz holds U.S. citizenship.
His father has been accused of smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of drugs into the U.S. over the years.
The U.S. government has offered up to $5 million for information leading to Ismael Zambada’s arrest or conviction.