NEW YORK – Mexican Drug lordwas extensively described on day two of the testimony of Guzman's former lieutenant. Witnesses to the Government said Guzman had a private zoo in which cats of prey were traveling. Martinez also said that Guzman was so rich that he could buy numerous beach houses and that the two men would travel together.
Guzman even sought an anti-aging treatment on a trip to Switzerland, according to Martinez.
Do you hear the murders of the defendants? "Prosecutor Michael Robotti asked former Lieutenant Sinaloa Cartel Martinez," Yes. "Martinez was also asked if Guzman had ever talked about killing people, and Martinez said Guzman said it was simple," Either yours Mother crying or her mother crying. "
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He said Guzman's lifestyle changed over time. When the two met, "he did not have a jet," Martinez said. In the 1990s, "he had four jets," says Martinez.
Guzman enjoyed "whiskey, beer and cognac," Martinez said, and he wore a "" and had a beach house on every beach. Martinez said Guzman's home in Acapulco was worth $ 10 million. Guzman owned ranches, warehouses, a yacht, and according to Martinez, the leader's Guadalajara home was "a very nice ranch house with pools and tennis." There was also a zoo with "tigers, lions, panthers, deer and a small train" that visitors used to move, Martinez said.
Martinez and Guzman were nearby. They enjoyed many common trips. "We've traveled the world," Martinez said, then rattled off places that sounded like a bucket list: "Brazil, Argentina, Aruba, all of Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Peru, Cuba, Colombia, Panama … almost the whole world. "
They went to" legal "cockfights, in Macau," to play ". But Martinez was not there when he said Guzman had gone to Switzerland to "go to a clinic where the cells are placed in you to keep you young." "I had fake passports, fake IDs and even a false US visa," Martinez revealed. He also said that Guzman was traveling with false testimonies. They did this because they "bought machines in the US and Europe" that could make false IDs, Martinez said.
The government witness explained how Guzman's extravagant lifestyle extended to the type of music played in his car. Guzman enjoyed "narcocorridos" – a ballad written for a specific person. The lyrics were custom and the witness estimated that they cost Guzman between $ 200 and $ 500,000 per request. These were small potatoes, Martinez explained, because part of his job was to pay $ 8 or $ 9 million into the Mexican banking system each month. Guzman's planes were routinely charged with money in Tijuana and then sent to Mexico City. Martinez estimated $ 8 to $ 10 million on Jet – and these aircraft were sent "almost every month" to similar pickups.
Martinez explained in detail how his job is to "keep him, exchange money, make payments, and buy real estate." He said Guzman's life had been expensive because "he had 4 to 5 women … we had to they all pay … and members of the cartel. "
Martinez testified that he was carrying the money in Samsonite suitcases to a bank. made the deposits and paid Guzman's bills in Mexican currency. When the bank officials troubled him and asked about the source of the money, Martinez lied: "I said I export tomatoes."
He then began to pay off bank employees.
Martinez once said: Guzman gave him a diamond rolex. Guzman liked to give presents. For a year, Guzman bought 50 vehicles – a mix of Thunderbirds, Cougars and Buicks – to hand over to his employees. The gesture cost $ 30-35,000 per vehicle.
In its heyday, Guzman regularly traveled with at least 20-25 guns, a person who was paid to kill. Martinez said in his arrest in 1998: "I think a hundred" pistoleros worked for the Sinaloa Cartel. These employees were regularly "gifted" cocaine. One of the first gunmen to work for Guzman was paid "to kill a certain person …" armed with "AK-47, M-16, grenades" and would use bullet-proof vests, armored cars and even carrying vehicles. " Gases "like tear gas. Martinez estimated the cartel to be up to $ 500,000 for armored vehicles. They were retrofitted in San Antonio. Once, Martinez said he was asked to store "nearly 100 AK-47s in a warehouse in Guadalajara". The guns came from the US and Pakistan. The cartel bought weapons "right after another" – every month.
Martinez had no weapon with him and said, "once" he has a gun in his office, Guzman said, "he did not want to see" me with any gun … because I did not know how to use it. "He said he had never been involved in murder or kidnapping, and 'never' participated in violence.
This did not stop him from threatening people, Martinez told the jury," Two or three times I would get angry when he was on the road. "Then he explained how he got the rage of the street, then he dealt with his own cocaine habits, Martinez said" unfortunately yes, "he used cocaine, he was a daily user between 1987-1995 and only stopped because his "septum" was perforated in 1991 or 1992. He went back after feeling better.
Martinez said he had tried marijuana, but "did not like it." "Martinez guessed that 5-10 tonnes of marijuana were imported into the US during his involvement, but it did not go well with the cartel, as "one kilo took up a lot of space" and was not good compared to the cocaine price. One kilo of cocaine was then sold for $ 15,000, Martinez said compared to just $ 2,000 for marijuana.
Martinez once traveled to Thailand in search of "white heroin". The price was even more tempting in the early 1990s in New York City at $ 130,000 a kilo.
Martinez noted how the government's regulations came into play when they shipped their food-clad product: "If you bring the product from Mexico to the United States, it should have a special permit." As prosecutor Michael Robotti asked if that came "from the Food and Drug Administration," Martinez said, "true."
According to Martinez, the cartel members followed this overblown model with their "cloned" boxes, cans and labels – packaged like regular La Comadre products. The small group of cartel workers who performed this task became "intoxicated" while pushing kilos as cocaine was released. The product was loaded onto a pallet and transported by Bodegas on 18-wheel vehicles. It looked like a legitimate food delivery, Martinez said. The real pepper cans surrounded the cartel's lockboxes, packed with half a pound of cocaine and some "gravel" to give the illusion that it contained food and liquid. Martinez said that this method was used to transport 25 to 30 tonnes of cocaine to the US, for a total of between $ 400 million and $ 500 million.
The judge is clearly trying to push the case forward, noting after lunch how the government should "rationalize if we move forward". Robotti told Judge Cogan that they started with "two of our longer witnesses" and things were catching up.
Martinez explained how eager Guzman was to intercept people and explain how this made his boss "efficient". Guzman would place transmitters in pens and calculators. After Martinez he had scramblers for phones and the ability to record calls.
"I have seen the machines and I have heard conversations" in Mr. Guzman's offices, Martinez explained. He "saw suitcases in which you could hold three or four or five cell phones" on cassettes. He had "eavesdropped on anyone he wanted: enemies, friends, comrades," Martinez said.
Martinez said Guzman has "the most amount of information in the area" and that this is efficient. Guzman once said to Martinez that it was "most important … to know what everyone was thinking about …"
After Guzman's first arrest in Guatemala on June 8, 1993, Martinez said he flew to Europe for 45 days to hide me. "
" I never really had the character of a cartel leader, "he said.
About five months later, Martinez said he had met Guzman in Ciudad Juarez prison." Much politics "delayed his first visit, Martinez said. but as the prison management changed, he found a friendship with a person close to a prison officer, Martinez said the man was paid "$ 30- $ 40,000" a month, and as a result Guzman received "what he wanted" – a cell phone and "eating certain foods." He asked for "special shoes and jackets." He also asked to see "all his wives" and maintain "intimate relationships" with them.
Part of Martinez & # 39 His duties as a lieutenant were to look after Guzman's families while he was in prison, Martinez said he had provided one of Guzman's wives and four children for a five-year period until he was arrested in 1998 "They've always been fine," Martinez said.
At the beginning of the trial, Guzman asked the court's permission to hug his wife. This was denied by the court.
Monday's sidebar on "surveillance cameras", which capture Emma Coronel Aispuro with her cell phone, threatens to prevent contact with the accused. It's unclear what will happen to their access or devices until next week.
The prosecution will continue on Wednesday morning with Martinez.
The defense is expected to begin cross-examination sometime Wednesday.