BROWNSVILLE — Osiel Cardenas Jr., the son of one of Mexico’s most
notorious drug lords, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of
impersonating a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of a
“He was in a bar waving a handgun around and causing
alarm,” said J.J. Trevino, a Brownsville police spokesman. “Apparently
he also had some sort of badge and was telling everyone he was a U.S.
Cardenas Jr., 26, was escorted out of the bar where he
was arrested by Brownsville police. He was charged with unlawfully
carrying a weapon, public intoxication and false identification as a
peace officer, according to Trevino.
Cardenas Jr. is the son of Osiel Cardenas, 50, the former
leader of the Gulf Cartel who is incarcerated in the reputed Supermax
prison in Colorado for his role in orchestrating drug cartel activities
along the Texas-Mexico border.
The latest incident comes after Cardenas Jr. was
sentenced in 2015 to 10 months in federal prison for attempting to
smuggle military-grade ammunition into Mexico on New Year’s Eve. He was
also fined $10,000 and given three years of supervised release.
Trevino said Cardenas Jr. was released by Brownsville
police into the custody of U.S. marshals, who are holding him without
bail on a parole