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Source: Ex-Gulf cartel boss' nephew arrested in US

Official: Nephew of former Gulf cartel boss arrested in South Texas, facing drug charges By The Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) ' A U.S. law enforcement official says a man arrested on federal drug charges in South Texas is believed to be the nephew of the former boss of Mexico's Gulf Cartel.

Rafael Cardenas Vela was arrested last Thursday in Port Isabel. He's accused of smuggling marijuana and cocaine across the border for several years.

The law enforcement official familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities believe he's the nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen and was a rising player in the cartel's operations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Cardenas Vela faces federal charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute drugs and using a fraudulent passport.

A call to his attorney was not immediately returned.

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