“Ivan” for Borderland Beat 

A federal judge will determine whether the appeal filed by Ismael Zambada Imperial, known as El Mayito Gordo, the son of Ismael El Mayo Zambada, against the 10-year prison sentence he was given for the crime of carrying firearms for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces, reported Milenio.

El Mayito Gordo was arrested in 2014 after elements of the Mexican army hunted his father in the southern region of Culiacan.

When they failed to find Mayo Zambada at a home they secured, El Mayito Gordo fled the house and hid in a shack where he asked neighbors to hide him. But by then elements of the Mexican army already had him located, and soon after he was arrested.

Two years later, in 2019, he was extradited to the United States, where authorities wanted him for trafficking large shipments of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana between May 2005 and July 2014.

Zambada Imperial, who was formally released from a U.S. prison on July 21, ultimately did not assert his right to be repatriated to Mexico and instead agreed to remain in California where he remains on parole, subject to the instructions of that state’s parole authorities.