Heir to worlds biggest cartel suffers collapsed lung after 80mph car crash

The heir to the world's largest drugs cartel is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung in a car crash, according to local reports.

Serafín Zambada Ortiz, son of Sinaloa Cartel leader El Mayo, was found in a badly damaged white Kia in Sonora, Mexico on Monday (April 25) morning.

The shocking incident reportedly occurred when a car and a trailer collided at 129 kilometres (80 miles) per hour.

Local media now say the crash has left him fighting for his life after he broke two ribs and punctured a lung.

After being taken to a medical facility in Sonora he was reportedly transferred to a private hospital in Hermosillo, where staff confirmed he underwent pneumothorax surgery to treat his lung.

Once his condition stabilised he was later taken by air transfer to a private hospital in the city of Culiacán, which is located in the notorious gangland state of Sinaloa.

His supposed girlfriend, 30-year-old Norma Lopez, is also claimed to have died while on the way to receive treatment.

News of his accident has spread quickly on Mexican social media, with some paying tribute to Serafín and wishing him a quick recovery.

Ernesto Barajas of the Mexican group Enigma Norteño said on his Instagram story: "Family I ask you from my heart, a prayer for the health of a good friend who suffered a car accident today in Sonora"

"Everything is going to be fine my old man"

Serafín was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in November 2013, accused of importing cocaine and cannabis into the US.

He was handed a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence and was released in September 2018, reportedly after cooperating with the DEA.

His dad El Mayo was once the right-hand man of infamous kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmá, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, but Serafín seized control from him following his arrest in 2016.

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