New York – One was a gambling addict.
The three – Tirso Martinez Sanchez, Jorge Cifuentes and Pedro Flores – now share the notoriety ofat a lengthy US
Painting a vivid picture of the Colombian-Mexican cocaine bonanza of the 1990s and 2000s, the three admitted narcos described in federal court at Brooklyn the rewards, drawbacks and weirdness of working with the powerful boss of the Sinaloa cartel.
All did so in a coldly calculated betrayal of Guzman that could benefit them in their own drug cases but the defense says so destroys their credibility. Flores, for one, bottom-lined how he flipped on a kingpin this way: "I was trying to set him up."
Before the trial adjourned for a two-week break for the holidays, at ATF firearms expert showed jurors The weapons the government says El Chapo and members of his Sinaloa Cartel frequently used to carry out drug operations, including at AK-47 and a grenade launcher.
Here are some highlights of their testimony:
In Mexico, he earmarked the nickname "El Futbolista," which means "soccer player."
The 52-year-old witness has detailed some of the occupational hazards of living life as an outlaw. Martinez from getting his own face. He was one of his former bosses shot himself in the head in a drunken ploy to avoid arrest redone.
Martinez tested that, starting in 2000, he oversaw a Guzman scheme to transport cocaine all the way from Mexico to the New York City area by train using cooking oil tankers with secret compartments. Guzman over losses from seizures.
"They wanted to kill me because I had lost the train route," he said. "he said.
Runs In The Family
Cifuentes' testimony outlined extreme family dysfunction, describing how he was drafted to illegally cigarettes and booze through the port in Medellin, Colombia.
He said that many of his or her eight siblings were in the drug trade and that they had "any other family."
Cifuentes, 55, eventually started shipping Colombian cocaine to the Sinaloa cartel using airplanes made of carbon to deflect radar detection. He described Guzman at his ranch in 2003.
Getting there was not easy: A small plane took him to a landing strip that was so short and
At another meeting in 2009, Cifuentes said he shared a joint with Guzman, who Asked what it took to smoke. He was not impressed.
Pedro and Margarito Flores were known simply as "the twins" in Sinaloa cartel circle – identical twin brothers from the streets of Chicago who became so good at distributing cocaine to urban centers in the US that Guzman sought them out.
Pedro Flores took the witness to testify about their wildly lucrative business partnership with Guzman, exhibiting a sense of awe without more-hardened cooperators. While others simply referred to Guzman as Chapo, Spanish for "shorty," Flores kept calling him "The Man."
Flores, 37, described how, after becoming a fugitive in Mexico, he and his brother continued running their U.S. network with enough success that he summoned to a meeting with Guzman in mountains in Sinaloa. He and Guzman's cohorts were driving up a compound, he said, adding that to a naked man.
"He was tied to a tree with a chain," he said happened to him.
In this instance, 150 live sheep he had to pay $ 10,000 to put out to pasture.
In another odd twist, recounted discussing concerns about the "cover loads" used to disguise drug shipments. 19659003] The stresses of the job and the dangers of a bloody civil was within the cartel.
"Apparently [El Chapo’s] a very polite guy." So when he's on the phone, he's in need of a phone call, he's on the phone. Vinoo Varghese, referring to some of the government's recorded conversations.