Former El Chapo top aide known as “The Engineer” pleads guilty to drug-related offenses

A former first lieutenant of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and more than 30 kilograms of heroin on Friday.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, 51, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison at his sentencing on July 7.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia after his arrest by the Mexican police.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia after his arrest by the Mexican police.
(REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya)

Known as “The Engineer,” Sarabia is believed to have run deals for the multi-billion dollar Sinaloa drug cartel before his arrest in 2015.

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He told U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman through an interpreter Friday that he “always made a living as a rancher,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane in Ronkonkoma, NY

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, center, from a plane in Ronkonkoma, New York
(US Law Enforcement via AP)

Sarabia’s guilty plea comes after Guzman was sentenced to life in prison in 2019 for his 25-year tenure as head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

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Guzman’s son Ovidio Guzmán was arrested by Mexican police earlier this month in the Mexican city of Culiacan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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