NEW YORK – A former Colombian drug lord known for an extreme plastic surgery is to testify his identity on Thursday in a US lawsuit over his lucrative drug trade alliance with notorious Mexican counterpart Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [19659004AskedabouthisdistortedfeaturesJuanCarlosRamirezAbadiasaidhehadundergoneatleastthreeoperationsthatchanged"myjawbonemycheekbonesmyeyesmymouthmyearsmynose"
Ramirez Abadia told the jury that he had bribed the authorities in Colombia to destroy all the criminal record he was given in order to better obey the law while overseeing the cartel of Norte del Valle.
In a 20-year career, the witness estimated that he smuggled 400,000 kilograms, ordered 150 murders, and raised assets so large that he lost $ 1 billion after being arrested in Brazil in 2007.
Ramirez Abadia was extradited to the US, where he pleaded guilty to murder and drug consultation, and agreed to become a government witness in large narcotics such as Guzman. He was the third former drug dealer to stand trial in Brooklyn, where Guzman was not responsible for conspiracy and other charges.
On Thursday, Ramirez Abadia talked about a meeting at a hotel in Mexico in Mexico in the early 1990s, when he made an agreement with Guzman that the Colombian cartel would fly his cocaine to Mexico to take the Sinaloa cartel to Los Angeles and smuggling New York City, the witness said.
When Guzman asked for the purest product, Ramirez Abadia was delighted because he wanted "a good reputation for my cocaine for me," he said.
Guzman also demanded a greater cut in revenue than other Mexican Kingpins because his network was so efficient across the border.
"I'm much faster, you'll see," he recalled Guzman.
After Ramirez Abadia moved to Brazil and edited his face, he looked so different that the drug investigators were forced to use the voice of his recognition technology to provide the positive identification required for a search warrant, his lawyer said after his arrest. He was found in a luxurious home with a gym, sauna, swimming pool and nearly $ 1 million in cash.