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Son of former Gulf Cartel leader convicted of impersonating US Marshal

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The son of a former Gulf Cartel leader pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and impersonating a U.S. Marshal on Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

On March 14, 2018, Brownsville police responded to the Sky Sports Bar & Lounge in Brownsville regarding reports of a man brandishing a firearm. Police met with a man in the parking lot, later identified as Osiel Cardenas Jr., who told officers he was a U.S. Marshal and displayed a gold-colored Cameron County District Attorney’s badge.

Inside his vehicle, police found a Bersa, .380 caliber firearm.

Witnesses at the scene told police that Cardenas Jr. had been inside the nightclub brandishing a firearm, displaying a badge and identifying himself as a U.S. Marshal. Further, witnesses indicated “Cardenas ordered patrons to leave the nightclub or they would be arrested for failure to follow his commands,” according to the news release.

On Tuesday, Cardenas Jr., the son of former Gulf Cartel leader Osiel Cardenas, was convicted for felon in possession of a firearm and impersonating a U.S. Marshal.

Cardenas is expected back in federal court for sentencing on Aug. 27, 2018.

At that time, Cardenas Jr. faces up to 13 years in prison, according to the news release.


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