NEW YORK – The US lawsuit against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has revealed a scriptable image of lawlessness and excesses during his rise to power as Mexico's most notorious drug king.
Since the trial On November 13, witnesses have described how Guzman had smuggled tons of cocaine into the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s that were faked under the border into counterfeit jalapeno cans.
The Sinaloa Cartel, sometimes referred to by insiders as "The Federation" earned hundreds of millions of dollars. Most of it was collected in US currency to such an extent that it had to be housed in safe houses while the gang found out what to do with it. Guzman spent part of it on a private zoo, a diamond-encrusted pistol, and paid policemen and politicians.
This speaks in favor of a series of characters who took the witness stand from former cartel members to a Colombian drug king, a crazy face that he had changed with a plastic intervention in a failed attempt to stay under the radar.
Here is an overview of some testimonial items from the study that are expected to continue until the beginning of next year:
___ 19659005] Smuggling the TON
The Sinaloa cartel had many clever ways to smuggle drugs across the border but maybe nobody was smarter than La Comadre branded pepper cans.
Former cartel member Miguel Angel Martinez testified in Brooklyn Federal Supreme Court He helped monitor a warehouse in Mexico City where workers hid cocaine in the cans so it could be carried across the border.
The trucks transported 3,000 cans to Los Angeles at the same time, he said. He estimated that between 25 and 30 tonnes of cocaine worth $ 400 to $ 500 million a year crossed the border.
Behind the scenes, the workers who put the Coke in the cans were intoxicated because they always started running the kilos of cocaine into the air.
The proceeds ended in Tijuana, where Guzman sent his three private jets to pick them up each month, Martinez said – on average, each aircraft would carry up to $ 10 million home.
The money helped Luxury items like an Acapulco beach house with a private zoo and a trip to Guzman to pay in Switzerland to get an exotic "anti-aging" treatment.
BRIBERY AS USUAL
A turncoat cartel member named Jesus Zambada reported keeping tons of cocaine in a warehouse in Mexico City. However, a more important task for him was to buy authorities for about $ 300,000 a month – a price that earned Guzman a police escort after one of his infamous escape from prison.
He testified that Guzman seemed worried at his sight Mexico City police approach the car. "Do not worry," Zambada told Guzman. "These are our people, nobody will touch us from here."
The testimonies indicated that the prisons were also on the battlefield. Martinez claimed that when he and Guzman visited a drug chief behind bars, other inmates made a sumptuous meal.
"There was a music group that had everything you wanted to eat, whiskey, cognac," Martinez said. "You can choose between lobster and beef fillet and pheasant."
The government's latest star witness was more notable than his testimony.
Former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia is perhaps best known for his plastic surgery. He told the jury last week that he had at least three surgeries to change his appearance.
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Ramirez Abadia, said he had "not to do their jobs," a cartel business model with a department devoted exclusively to the use of drug money to bribe authorities to enforce drug laws. He said it was clear that Guzman had made similar arrangements when he flew planes carrying Colombian cocaine to Mexico, where they were greeted by police officers who helped unload the goods.
Ramirez Abadia resumes her statement on Monday.