Drug lord's son who nailed El Chapo 'is released from US prison and in witness ...

A Mexican drug lord's son who helped jail 'El Chapo' for life has been reportedly freed from a US jail, with officials refusing to say if he is now in witness protection. 

Vicente 'El Vicentillo' Zambada was recently freed early from a 15-year sentence handed out a Chicago judge in May 2019. He was punished after admitting to helping plot kidnappings and murders, bribing officials in Mexico and shipping tons of drugs to the United States for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Zambada's uncle, Jesús Zambada, also has been released from jail, according United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Zambada's father Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada is also accused of being a drug lord, and remains at large with a $30 million reward for his capture. 

The federal agency, Univision reported, refused to confirm or deny whether both individuals were under the protective custody of law enforcement and did not provide a date and reason for their release. 

'The BOP does not provide additional information on inmates who are not in the custody of the BOP or who have been released from the custody of the BOP,' BOP spokesman Emory Nelson told the network.

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No further information on the men's whereabouts has been given. But their decision to turn on infamous drug lord El Chapo - full name Joaquin Guzman - means they will likely have to go into hiding for the rest of their lives to escape revenge from Guzman's associates, many of whom remain loyal to the fallen cartel boss. 

Vicente 'El Vicentillo' Zambada, pictured in Mexico City in 2009, helped put infamous drug lord El Chapo away for life. He has been freed from a US prison, but a spokesman refused to say whether he was in protective custody

Vicente 'El Vicentillo' Zambada, pictured in Mexico City in 2009, helped put infamous drug lord El Chapo away for life. He has been freed from a US prison, but a spokesman refused to say whether he was in protective custody 

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán after arriving in New York on January 19, 2017 after his extradition from Mexico. He was jailed for life in February 2019, and now languishes at the notorious ADX Florence 'supermax' prison in Colorado

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán after arriving in New York on January 19, 2017 after his extradition from Mexico. He was jailed for life in February 2019, and now languishes at the notorious ADX Florence 'supermax' prison in Colorado 

Vicente Zambada had been scheduled for a 2022 prison release as part of a reduced sentenced for his cooperation in El Chapo's trial and

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