El Chapo’s Trial Post/Updates

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Mica
-How do we know *exactly* what Alex said to his mom?

-Turns out the personal assistant, Andrea Fernandez Velez, is another cooperator in the case.

-And it appears she gave much of Alex's correspondence with (and through her) to the United States of America.

-In 2013, when Chapo learned the IT guy had betrayed him, he ordered Alex to track him down and kill him. Alex had real skin in the game. Rodriguez had also helped the feds track down and arrest his older brother, Jorge Cifuentes.

-Alex said only people close to Chapo were allowed to call him directly on the encrypted phone network.

-Each person had their own "extension" on the network, including Mayo, Chapo's brother El Guano, and Damaso Lopez.

-The FBI presumably has recordings of all of these phone conversations.

-So the first thing Alex did was get his personal assistant to set up a call with his mom.

-He told his mom to get a message to Jorge (presumably in custody) that Rodriguez was the guy "who blew the whistle."

-"The communications guy was the one who did the bad deed," Alex said.

-Alex was initially in charge of monitoring the spyware, and he noticed that Chapo has a particular way of writing: "He has some spelling mistakes. He writes long texts. He mixes up Y with I. Where there's an H in the middle of a word he won't put it in. He repeats the letter E."
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Mica
-We even see messages of Alex asking the assistant to help him track Rodriguez down.

-She suggests Googling him.

-Then figures maybe he has a Facebook page.

-Trouble is, Alex knew Rodriguez only as Christian so they couldn't find him.

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-Back in 2009-2011 (witnesses can’t nail down the year), authorities almost caught Chapo, who escaped on foot with Christian Rodriguez, Alex Cifuentes and a slew of guards - armed with AK47s, AR15s, bazookas, grenades and Barrett 50s - for 1-3 days (depending on who you talk to).


****Rodriguez told us this same story Wednesday or Thursday of last week.  

-Don Juan, El Chapo’s godfather and most trusted associate also escaped with Chapo … oh, and “I believe there were some females as well,” Alex Cifuentes recalled, without giving names.
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-Chapo found out that his IT guy was a "dedo" or snitch after Alex's brother Jorge Cifuentes was captured by the FBI.

-Alex recalled Chapo saying, "He was the one who turned him in. We should look for him and kill him." Alex was put in charge of the hunt.

-When El Chapo learned that Christian Rodriguez had given Jorge Cifuentes to the gringos, he told Alex and asked him to find him to kill him.

-Alex was looking for Christian since January 2013, but never found him. He does not know if he is alive or dead.
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***Regarding Litchman text I told you about first thing this morning
****The lawyers approached the judge worried that this coverage could skew the jurors. Judge Cogan spoke with the jury, who assured him that they did not know what he was talking about, since they had not consulted the media, as he himself indicated. The judge closed the topic
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-The testimony of Alex Cifuentes continued. He mentioned some of the many properties that Chapo had in the sierra of the golden triangle: La Cancha Las Trancas Dos in the Centenario Casas Viejas or Don José area in Las Coloradas La Playa (near a dam).

-Las Coloradas was special, among other things, because it had a landing strip as a plateau with red earth of more than 650 meters that was very wide and comfortable to land.

-The properties were small pine houses made in the place by the carpenter El Pantera. They had: polarized windows, electricity, electric generators, Sky with satellite, plasma TV, DVD, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator "and everything you need"

-Among his personal escorts were: the Condor, the 50, the Picudo, Chaneque, Memin "who was very sharp, restless" then he became personal secretary but he bought a Mercedes Benz with the money "from the office of Culiacan" and the Chapo he ordered him to give a beating

-When El Chapo learned that Christian Rodriguez had given Jorge Cifuentes to the gringos, he told Alex and asked him to find him to kill him. Alex was looking for Christian since January 2013, but never found him. He does not know if he is alive or dead.
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***Chivis you will find this interesting!

-Alex offered some new details about a pivotal moment in Sinaloa cartel history the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán-Leyva aka El Mochomo and the subsequent split between Chapo and the Beltrán-Leyva brothers.

-The story has always been that Chapo gave up Mochomo to Mexican authorities in exchange for getting one of his sons out of jail.

-Alex said that wasn't true, that it was actually a result of Mochomo throwing an ostentatious birthday party in Culiacán.
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-Alex: "[Chapo] spoke to the commandante, his godfather.

-He had warned Mochomo to go live in the mountains. [Mochomo] should be quieter and shouldn't throw those kinds of parties in such a small city… [Mochomo] had thrown a scandal on his birthday."
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-Whatever the cause, a war broke out after Mochomo's arrest.

-On one side it was the Beltran-Leyva organization and Los Zetas.

-On the other it was Chapo, Mayo, Damaso Lopez, Nacho Coronel, and others.

-Alex said that after the war started, "a lot changed, and it was for the worse."
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-Once Chapo broke from the Beltran-Leyvas, they really had to watch their backs, Alex Cifuentes said.

-“Sometimes we would even have to sleep on the ground because we wouldn’t even have time to reach a house, and we were always on red alert” with helicopters circling overhead.
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-Chapo's life in the mountains got rough. The army was constantly after them. They were always on "red alert" because helicopters were circling their hideouts. "Sometimes we would have to sleep on the ground because we didn't have time to reach a camp."

-Chapo had a warning network in place to alert him when the military was coming, but Alex said one of his lookouts was "paranoid." Eventually, Chapo had to tell him "call me five minutes before the army is close and even if I'm naked I'll run away, just like that."

-One guardsman became "paranoid" Alex Cifuentes said, adding that Chapo finally told him to calm down and only wake him up with an alert five minutes before the authorities were supposed to push through the doors. "And if I'm naked," Chapo said. "I'll just run out just like that."

-They switched houses every 20 days, if there were no alerts. Otherwise, they switched more often.

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-Alex also described how Chapo stopped the Mexican military from eradicating opium poppies and marijuana in the mountains.

-Alex: "If it was a small group of 25 men, he would send over an icebox with food and tell them this was what there was, otherwise they would face bullets."
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-Alex continues to testify some of the most damaging information against Chapo

-He spoke about the massive coke deals (6 tons, 8 tons) his brother did ith Chapo in Ecuador.

-He spoke about paying a $500,000 bribe to an Ecuadorian judge to fix the case of an Ecuadorian army captain, Telmo Castro, who was arrested for working on those deals (and who was also being bribed.)

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-Latest testimony from Alex showed the staggering breadth of Chapo's drug empire.

-He was buying cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador, shipping cocaine, heroin, and meth to Canada with the help of an Italian mafia member, buying meth chemicals from a Chinese supplier. And on and on.

-He spoke about selling product in Canada in a partnership with a mafioso named Tony Suzuki.

-The drugs moved in a boat up the western Canadian coast to Vancouver.

-There was also an unconsummated plan to ferry drugs over Lake Vermont between docks, one in Canada, one in the US.
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-Chapo also wanted his people to buy adjoining ranches on the US-Canada border and, at least it seemed, move the drugs across in small helicopters.


-A prosecutor asked Alex to identify a photo of Mayo Zambada, then asked if he ever noticed anything about his nose.

-"Well, from consuming too much cocaine his cartilage was eroded and he had surgery for it."
-First time we've heard anyone say Mayo was a heavy cocaine user.
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-Angered by an 8 ton seizure of cocaine in Ecuador, Chapo wanted to hold “Político” responsible, but Jorge Cifuentes stepped in, said his brother, Alex.

-“But Jorge said that if he wanted to kill someone, then he should kill him.” (No one was killed as a result of the seizure.)
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-Alex Cifuentes convinced Chapo to bribe Ecuadorian judges with half a million dollars to get an Ecuadorian captain off drug trafficking charges. Chapo paid the bribe, securing Telmo Castro as his own personal trafficker and forcing Castro to provide him with his cocaine supplier.

-But problems with Telmo Castro started happening in 2012, after a small plane loaded with $5 million of Chapo’s money crashed en route to Ecuador. The money was intended to purchase cocaine. “And two pilots died,” Alex Cifuentes added as an after-thought.
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Mica
*****If you have been keeping up today, Chapo has had better days.

*****Alex Cifuentes has been an amazing witness for the government.
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Mica
****Of course you know this famous photo



***Alex identified the man next to Chapo in this photo as Comandante Juan or Don Juan. He was in charge of purchasing opium gum, which would be refined into heroin.

Alex described him as El Chapo's "advisor and closest confidant."
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Mica
-Alex was in charge of procuring chemicals and recipes for the cooks.

-He said Chapo requested that the cooks use "monothelamine," a chemical that "causes anxiety to add addicts it makes them confused more."


-Prosecutors played several taped phone calls that featured Chapo, some of which were very damning. In one, Chapo discusses a plot to smuggle cocaine into Canada by buying houses on opposite sides of Lake Champlain, which Alex misidentified as Lake Vermont
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