Former senior lieutenant to a drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán pleaded guilty on Friday to trafficking more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and more than 30 kilograms of heroin.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, 51, faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on July 7.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia after being arrested by Mexican police.
(REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya)

Known as “The Engineer,” Sarabia allegedly oversaw multibillion-dollar operations Sinaloa drug cartel before his arrest in 2015.

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He told U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman through an interpreter on Friday that he had “always been a rancher for a living,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane in Ranconcoma, New York

Authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (center) off a plane in Ranconcom, New York
(US law enforcement agencies via AP)

Sarabia pleaded guilty after Guzmán was sentenced to life in prison in 2019 for his 25-year reign as the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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