SAN DIEGO (AP) — A son of one of the founders of the Sinaloa drug cartel has appeared in a U.S. court on trafficking and other charges after he was extradited from Mexico.
A lawyer for Ismael "El Mayito Gordo" Zambada-Imperial says he pleaded not guilty to the charges in the federal court in San Diego and his next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.
Zambada-Imperial is accused of smuggling large quantities of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico to the United States, as well as the laundering of profits from the illegal drug trade.
He was arrested in 2014 on weapons charges.
Zambada-Imperial's father, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, was reportedly a partner of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman was extradited to the U.S. and convicted in Brooklyn in February. He's now serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado.
Zambada Garcia is reportedly still at large, according to the FBI.