43-year-old Vicente Zambada, the youngest cooperating witness in Guzman's New York Brooklyn conspiracy, highlighted the world's most significant organized crime to the millions that the cartel had paid for the corruption of its government officials.
The son of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada – a wanted man allegedly leading the cartel now that Guzman is behind bars – Zambada came to court in dark prison uniform. He smiled and nodded to Guzman, who was sitting at the defense table wearing a dark blue suit and matching tie.
Zambada, who testified against his erstwhile mentor, described Guzman (61) repeated in Spanish as "mi compadre" or "my buddy". Zambada said he has known Guzman since he was 15 and is the godfather of his youngest son.
Zambada testified that its cartel-related responsibilities included a secret meeting with senior law enforcement and Mexican military officials who helped facilitate smuggling operations and assured the deployment of "friendly" officers in key regions.
For Their Services Mexican government officials collected more than $ 1 million in bribes each month, Zambada said.
This budget did not include any bonuses paid after successful drug delivery, Zambada said.
Zambada said there was an offer by the government in 2008 to invest in a state-owned oil company that could carry 100 tonnes of cocaine. The deal apparently came through.