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 courtroom Thursday in New York Metropolis.
Alex Cifuentes comes from a longtime drug-trafficking Colombian household generally known as the Cifuentes Villa. In truth, his brother, Jorge, testified earlier in Guzman’s trial on conspiracy expenses, and had launched the 2.
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Cifuentes finally 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 a minimum of a few years, have been face-to-face as we speak. Because the witness walked into the courtroom, Guzman appeared 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 establish 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 sporting the swimsuit — which has turn out to be the norm for the kingpin throughout his trial.
The witness, who mentioned he labored for Guzman between 2007 and 2013, testified about just a few offers wherein he was concerned, and the way he as soon as “despatched a aircraft 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 certainly one 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 kind of prepare dinner?” He replied, “cocaine prepare dinner.”
Cifuentes then added: “They mentioned a cargo of 10 kilos of cocaine. “He (Guzman) needed a credit score of 50 %. As a superb businessman… he was at all times making an attempt to get a superb deal.”