Who is leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Mayo Zambada?

MAYO Zambada is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, an infamous drug trafficking and crime group that began in the late 1980s.

Zambada will feature in an episode of the upcoming Netflix series, World's Most Wanted (dropping August 5).

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Who is Mayo Zambada?

Ismael El Mayo Zambada is a 72-year-old Mexican drug lord.

He worked with two other big players in the Sinaloa Cartel (Joaquín Guzmán Loera and Juan José Esparragoza Moreno), but after the former was arrested and with the latter supposedly dead, Zambada is now thought to be the leader.

After the crumbling of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, those involved in the crime network split into two groups.

Zambada was on the Sinaloa side of the split, which grew in terms of influence, power and money in the 1990s.

By the 2000s he had established his reputation – though it came with lots of "war" reportedly, as claimed by his wife in The Union-Tribune.

Due to his old age and the fact he has diabetes, his days leading the Cartel are numbered.

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What is he accused of?

Zambada is accused of being a major stakeholder in the international trafficking of high class drugs.

The State Department reported: "In the late 1990s, Zambada-Garcia emerged as one of the strongest drug traffickers in Mexico, capable of transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana and multi-kilogram quantities of heroin."

He is thought to traffic drugs to Arizona, California, Chicago, and New York.

According to Bloomberg he rakes in $11 billion a year for the Cartel.

In 2003 the FBI indicated him for a range of crimes, but he wasn't caught.

Where is he now?

Zamdaba has managed to keep a low profile and hasn't been seen in years.

Insider reported that he is possibly hidden in the mountains of Mexico's Sinaloa region.

He strangely interviewed with Proceso in 2010, in which he confessed he'd consider suicide to avoid jail time.

"I don't know if I'd have the courage to kill myself. I'd like to think so, that I'd kill myself," he said.

What's his net worth?

His net worth has been estimated at $4.6 billion.

This is a steady increase on his $3 billion estimation from two years ago in Medium article.

There is a $5 million reward for anyone that can give information to the FBI that leads to his arrest.

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