NEW YORK CITY – The person who as soon as served because the “proper” and “left-hand” man for infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began testifying in opposition to his “boss” in court docket Thursday in New York Metropolis.
Alex Cifuentes comes from a longtime drug-trafficking Colombian household often known as the Cifuentes Villa. Actually, his brother, Jorge, testified earlier in Guzman’s trial on conspiracy costs, and had launched the 2.
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Cifuentes ultimately moved to the mountains in Culiacán, Mexico, the place Guzman was hiding and have become his “secretary,” as El Chapo would name him. The witness mentioned he negotiated cocaine offers for Guzman past Colombia and would assist him promote medication in New York and in Canada.
Chapo and Cifuentes, who hadn’t seen one another in at the least a few years, had been face-to-face at the moment. Because the witness walked into the courtroom, Guzman regarded for him and gave him a nod. Cifuentes nodded again whereas placing his proper hand on his chest as an indication of respect.
Cifuentes was requested to determine El Chapo; he stood up and pointed to the drug boss seated on the protection desk. Requested to be extra particular, he mentioned it was the primary time he’d seen Guzman carrying the go well with — which has turn into the norm for the kingpin throughout his trial.
The witness, who mentioned he labored for Guzman between 2007 and 2013, testified about a couple of offers wherein he was concerned, and the way he as soon as “despatched a airplane to Mexico for Chapo with 440 kilos of cocaine.”
One other time, he mentioned, they met after Cifuentes’ brother Francisco, or “Pachito,” had been assassinated, and Chapo requested to satisfy his widow. The witness recalled discussing with one other brother, Jorge, which one in every of Pachito’s 5 widows would they ship. Lastly, he mentioned Chapo met up with Patricia Rodriguez — and one other coke deal was made.
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On one other assembly, Cifuentes mentioned he introduced alongside his brother Francisco’s “favourite prepare dinner.” The prosecutor requested him to make clear: “what sort of prepare dinner?” He replied, “cocaine prepare dinner.”
Cifuentes then added: “They mentioned a cargo of 10 kilos of cocaine. “He (Guzman) wished a credit score of 50 p.c. As businessman… he was all the time attempting to get deal.”