BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The son of the former Gulf Cartel
leader has admitted he illegally possessed a firearm and impersonated a U.S.
Marshal, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick
On March 14, 2018, authorities responded to the SKY Bar
and Lounge in Brownsville in response to reports of an individual within the
club brandishing a firearm. That person was identified as Osiel Cardenas Jr.,
26. He was found next to his vehicle within the SKY Bar and Lounge parking lot
and arrested for public intoxication.
At the time of his arrest, Cardenas
informed officers he was a U.S. Marshal and asked them to look at his badge.
Hanging on his neck, under his shirt, officers located a gold colored Cameron
County District Attorney's badge. Officers also found a Bersa, .380 caliber
firearm inside his vehicle which also contained his identification documents
Witnesses identified Cardenas as the individual inside
the nightclub brandishing the firearm. They also identified the firearm
recovered from his vehicle as the
firearm they had seen Cardenas brandish within the nightclub. They indicated
Cardenas had also displayed a gold colored badge and identified himself as a
U.S. Marshal. The witnesses indicated Cardenas ordered patrons to leave the
nightclub or they would be arrested for failure to follow his commands.
Cardenas, who has been in custody since his arrest, will
remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing, set for Aug. 27, 2018, before
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen. At that time, he faces up to 10 years for
the felon in possession of a firearm as well as another three years for
impersonating a U.S. Marshal. Both convictions also carry a possible $250,000
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
and the Brownsville Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Angel Castro is prosecuting the case.