Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) and outgoing Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong shake hands during a ceremony at Los Pinos Presidential Residence in Mexico City, Mexico January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
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The highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to ever surrender to U.S. authorities has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges, acknowledging he orchestrated the shipments of thousands of kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin to the United States.Damaso Lopez Serrano, 29, entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in San Diego, nearly six months after turning himself over to U.S. authorities at California's border with Mexico, the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader to do so, the U.S. attorney's office said.U.S. authorities are seeking Lopez Nunez's extradition.
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