Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla Cooperated with US Agents, Plea Agreement UnsealedPosted on April 10, 2014
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a high level member of the Sinaloa Cartel, cooperated with U.S. Agents. The plea agreement was made public today in the U.S. District Court in Illinois.
In 2009, Zambada-Niebla, was arrested in Mexico and then extradited to the United States in 2010. April 3, 2013, Zambada-Niebla, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin between 2005 and 2008. Zambada-Niebla will continue to remain in U.S. custody, awaiting a sentencing date.
According to the plea agreement, he faces a maximum life sentence, a minimum mandatory of 10 years, and a fine of $4million. However, if Zambada-Niebla continues to fully cooperate with officials, he may be sentenced below what is required by the plea agreement’s guidelines.
Also, Zambada-Niebla agreed to wave forfeiture hearings of more than $1.37 Billion in cash and assets.