The brother of a powerful Sinolta cartel leader has been arrested at the Arizona border. The US Attorney’s Office in San Diego said the 38-year-old man was arrested and indicted on drug smuggling charges Friday, a day after he was arrested at Nogales, Arizona.
The San Diego indictment accuses Alvaro Lopez Nuñez and five close associates of selling drugs and smuggling narcotic into the United States from 2005 until 2016.
Drug Enforcement Administration made the arrest only a month after his nephew Damaso Lopez Serrano, who is said to be the godson of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Lopez Serrano, 29, turned himself in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the border in Calexico and currently faces the same drug smuggling charges as his uncle.
An associate, 29-year-old Nahum Abraham Sicairos Montalvo, was also arrested July 31 by Mexican authorities. The US Attorney’s Office said the other three defendants are considered fugitives.