Prosecutors allege US Marine veteran trafficked cocaine as Mexican drug kingpin
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Prosecutors in San Diego allege that a U.S. Marine veteran trafficked cocaine into the country after rising to power as a Mexican drug kingpin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office accused Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. of using his military training as a former Marine to work as a member of the Los Zetas paramilitary cartel, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Dominguez, a dual U.S. citizen, reportedly became known as “Zeta 39” and went on to form a new organization called El Seguimiento 39.


An investigation into his organization yielded 5,000 kilograms, or about 11,000 pounds, of cocaine and more than $9 million in profits, authorities said.

Prosecutors said cocaine for Dominguez's organization was sourced from Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, up through Central America and into Mexico. It was then transported by boat, aircraft and commercial vehicle over the California and Texas borders.

The organization included “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military," prosecutors revealed in a court filing obtained by the newspaper.

Dominquez was arrested in Mexico in 2016 and is awaiting extradition to San Diego for trafficking cocaine. More than 41 people have also charged in the case.