-Christian Rodriguez is done testifying. Last bit of cross-examination focused on payments he received from the FBI for his work as an informant. He got $480K, mostly in cash.
-Rodriguez didn't pay taxes on that $480K he got from the FBI until after the IRS raised questions about it. He owed $35K. Chapo's lawyer: "That's a good tax rate. I need your accountant."
-We also heard more about Rodriguez's mental health issues. Balarezo noted he suffered "not one but two nervous breakdowns."
-Rodriguez: "I had a lot of stress on me, on my mind, on my body. I was not able to sleep so I asked for help and went to a hospital."
-Balarezo responded, "It was a little more than that though, wasn't it?" After a brief sidebar he asked, "Sir, you were hallucinating, weren't you?"
-Rodriguez: "Not hallucinations. I was just not thinking clearly."
-Balarezo also noted that Rodriguez was diagnosed as bipolar.
-Rodriguez had said the breakdown was the result of working as an informant. Balarezo noted that he was also having an affair at the time and was hiding the relationship from his partner, which added to the stress.
-Rodriguez kept his cool despite questions about some sensitive personal information.
-Most effective point from the defense was about how Rodriguez was never charged and hasn't served any prison time.
-The defense asked Christian Rodriguez if he had the computer he used to download the incriminating phone calls against Chapo.
-He said he’d gifted the computer to a relative.
-Defense: How did he know it was really Chapo on the texts?
-Christian: "Well, I could tell by the way it was written and the content of the messages,”
-Court for today has ended with Alex Cifuentes on the stand
Chapo, Alex and ?
-Alex describing his relationship with Guzman
"He would describe me as his secretary, his right-hand man, and his left-hand man."
-Prosecutors asked Alex to id Guzman
"I cannot really distinguish his tie's color but it's the first time I've seen him wearing a suit."
-Alex looked very unhappy to be on the witness stand. He spoke in a detached monotone, in Spanish with a vaguely Mexican accent. He was constantly looking down and frowning, trying to avoid Chapo's gaze.
-Alex was an integral part of Chapo's business. He was moving cocaine from Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia, purchasing farms to transit drugs in Costa Rica and Honduras, smuggling coke, heroin, and meth to Canada, acquiring weapons, helping w/ the cartel comms system, and more.
-Alex said he agreed to cooperate after getting a call from his brother Jorge. "He told me, and these are his exact words, that with the Americans I should confess the way I would confess to God. And if you went to trial, I would be the first to sit down and testify against you."
****No court today, but here are few things from yesterday.
-Alex Cifuentes said that Chapo often called him his “secretary,” his “man,” or his “left-hand man.” With a bit more respect, Alex in turn called Chapo “El Señor” or “Padrino,” meaning “godfather.”
-Working as Chapo’s “left-hand man,” Alex Cifuentes helped him secure arms in Costa Rica and Honduras, sell cocaine and heroin in New York, install a high-tech communications system in the mountains and translate several business meetings, among other activities.
-Alex Cifuentes once asked Chapo if he could fly a plane, like his own brothers. (Chapo couldn’t.) Flying ensured security in case of an attempted arrest or other problem. If he could fly, “He could get in the helicopter, turn it on and fly from one mountain to the other.”
-In 2007 Alex Cifuentes started worrying over his own security … his brother, Francisco, had been murdered in Cancún. Alex called his brother, Jorge, “about that security issue,” he told the jury, mainly: “that they were killing us off.”
-Jorge Cifuentes estimated they needed $10 million to increase the family’s security. So, after dealing with a stomach surgery, Alex Cifuentes headed to an “interview with Mr. Joaquín Guzmán Loera” to get more work, as well as intel on their brother’s death.
-Alex Cifuentes flew in a small plane to meet with Chapo, landing on an inclined airstrip. Surrounded by 50 armed guards, Chapo offered condolences for Alex’s fallen brother and asked if he had a widow. (Francisco had “about five wives,” Alex said.)
There's a few little tidbits here from the Washington Post.Most of the time it's already covered by Mica and Chivis and extremely well at that.They are saying next week the trial may wrap (Ah a breather for Chivis and Mica)and some of the possible or probable witnesses.
-Long story short, he was sending messages to another client (no lover and another long story) about Chapo.
-One message: March 16, 2017, exchange, Lichtman asked Melngailis, “Is it bad that I’m hiring a belly dancer to be Chapo’s daily visitor?
-This could lead to something big or nothing at all. The judge will probably address this as housekeeping before Alex Cifuentes is back on the stand under examination by the government.
he jailbreaks blackberrys then installs super app.activates parental control to snoop on evrybody in group contacts .IT hacker ?PGR and zeta 40 cashed in on rewards for captured and dead narcos rumor has it lazca took the 5 mil for his death .hope FBI did not pick up bad habits from their neighbors!soon as i read that started wondering about chayo and el azuls death where there such in a hurry to confirm its a death .
@deelucky nobody puts 7 topics in a single sentence better than you.
-I agree, installing a 3rd party monitoring software is not incredibly hard to do, neither is installing a secure messaging service.
-His technical abilites are a little irrelevant now, but he did accomplish to build a VOIP system 10 years ago. This would not have been an easy task at the time, but his failure is 100% on completing a software renewal. That being said, it's not surprising he also failed to pay taxes.
-On an ordinary day at one of his seven hideouts deep in the Sinaloa mountains, El Chapo would rise at noon.
-A secretary would bring him his messages.
-He'd eat lunch, then afterward make business calls on a long-range cordless phone while strolling under the trees.
-Other secretaries might bring him to look over receipts from the supplies needed to provision the camps (he usually spent $150-200,000 a month) for food, petty cash and his payroll that included two maids and a security team of about 50 gunmen.