El Chapo’s Trial Post/Updates

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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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-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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-Meth came up again in the last bit of testimony this afternoon. Prosecutors played a recording of Chapo on the phone w/ his nephew discussing a bad batch made by the cartel's cook. It had a low yield and was giving users headaches. The suspected culprit: "monothelamine,"

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-Alex described how the Sinaloa cartel would smuggle drugs to New York from 2008-2010.

-Shipments of cocaine and heroin would be delivered every 8-15 days.

-The going rates were $40K/kilo for cocaine, $44K/kilo for heroin.

-They had Dominican contacts who were the local distributors.

-Chapo was planning to ship cocaine through Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

-Alex said Chapo planned to use the Dominican Republic as a "springboard" to Mexico.

-Prosecutors played a phone call where he discussed plans to build a clandestine landing strip at a farm on the island.
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-Chapo referred to Venezuela as "Loco's place."

-Alex said it was a reference to "Loco Chavez… the former president of Venezuela. We would call him Crazy Chavez." That would be Hugo Chavez.


-Alex also detailed the many ways Chapo would move drug money out of the US.

-They used prepaid debit cards loaded with $9,900, which would be withdrawn in Ecuador.

-They had an insurance company that would help launder the money. And they used wire transfers with Chinese banks.
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-Alex described how they acquired heavy weapons from military contacts in Ecuador and Honduras.

-This included RPG 7s, C4 explosives, assault rifles, and MGL 30mm grenade launchers.
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-By the end of the day, Alex had testified about much more cartel business: buying C-4 explosives from from the widow of a Honduran drug trafficker and rocket-propelled grenade launchers from the corrupt Ecuadorian Army captain who working with Chapo.

-He also talked about moving money from the US to Mexico and then to Colombia.

-Some of the money was put on debit cards issued by a company his brother Jorge started with a partner.

-Some passed thru a crooked insurance firm in Atlanta.

-Some was sent by wire transfer from banks in China.
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A few code names used amongst the cartel at this time: “muebles” meaning “furniture” for “plane,” “los torres” meaning “the towers” for “New York” and “Loco’s” for “Venezuela,” because they called the then-president of the country, Hugo Chávez, “Loco Chavez.”
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-Of all the drugs we’ve talked about in the trial so far, meth - which is widely used in parts of the U.S. - is far less mentioned than most.

-Today Alex Cifuentes said he was influential in shipping ephedrine, the main ingredient in meth.

-Alex Cifuentes said the cartel’s produced ephedrine included the blood vessel irritant monoethanolamine, which was supposed to cause anxiety among users, pushing them to take more to ease the feeling.

-Instead, users complained of headaches.
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-Andrea Velez was the Miss Moneypenny of the Cifuentes family.

-Just about every anecdote Alex Cifuentes has told starts with this “friend” and secretary.

-Among other tasks, she researched drug prices and tried to locate targets. (“Give me his last name, he must have Facebook.”)

-In case Andrea Velez is also and informant on the F.B.I. payroll.

-After Alex Cifuentes’s nephew, Jaime Roll, tried to kidnap Alex’s mother and stole some of Chapo’s cocaine, the Cifuentes clan decided to off their own heir.

-Andrea had a connection in Medellín named Timberiche who was tapped to help.

-But in a twist of cartel charity, Timberiche ultimately convinced Chapo to hold off and look into the situation further to make sure there hadn’t been a misunderstanding. (Jaime Roll is still alive.)

-In 2008 Chapo and his right-and-left-hand man, Alex Cifuentes, began to suspect an associate, Juan Bonito, of being a snitch.

-Chapo said he’d pay $50,000 to off Bonito. (But  he was not killed either.)
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mica do you know if alex cienfuentes  is from cartel de los pilotos??so did alex also work with pablo or just his brother??thought his brother was killed in colombia not cancun?kind of weird if villa family is the one with the contacts and they are under chapo.
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for whatever i read i was led to believe alex ciefuentes is under his sister. their associated with cartel del valle .only reason he was up with the mountains was sombody with lots of power scared the crap out of him is my theory.who could that be ???this case is opening up too much stuff that should never got exposed !!
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From testimony, I can say Alex did have a brother who was killed in Cancun.  And his brother is the only one mentioned as working for Pablo as a pilot.
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****With headlines like this in the NY Post, we should be in for a hell of a day!



***Day 29 set to begin with more stories from Alex.

***Yesterday was telling about the corruption in Mexico.  We learned that BLO was the highest bidder to the Mexican Army as they aggressively starting going after Chapo.

****Chapo requires lavish birthday gifts and everyone tries to outdo the other.  Similar to a teenage girl in high school, who considers their birthday the most important day on the calendar.

****Actually, Chapo is very much like a self-centered teenage girl.  Big birthday parties, wants to know all the gossip, only cares when his name is mentioned and sleep until noon.  The Chapo legend before the trial was that of a mastermind criminal. Factually, he seemed a little careless and luck was on his side. IMO
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-Andrea Velez's main gig was the personal assistant to Alex Cifuentes, but she also ran a modeling agency in Mexico Cty.

-We just learned she would provide 'female friends' to a top Mexican general

-Apparently, the women had 'private parties' with the general, Cifuentes said this morning at Chapo's trial.

-Chapo tried to leverage the situation.

-He asked Andrea to give the general (never named) a $10 million bribe.

-If she succeeded, she herself would get $1 million.
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-Alex's spoke about the escape tunnel in one of Chapo's homes in Culiacán, several kidnappings, a murder plot involving the Hell's Angels in Canada, and an attempt to pay off a Mexican general with a $10 million bribe.

-Alex told one story from October 2012 about a boat voyage gone wrong from Mazatlan to Ecuador.

-Chapo sent him to take care of some business. There were six guys on a small sailing vessel. Alex was carrying $1 million cash in an icebox.

-Alex's boat broke down off the coast of Costa Rica. They were stranded, he said, until "the US Coast Guard rescued us." They alerted Chapo to what was happening and dumped everything over the side of the boat, including the cash in the icebox.

-Alex gave a fake name and said he was transferred to several boats.

-He eventually ended up back in Mexico: "Thanks to Don Joaquin and El Mayo, who had made some arrangements, we were released."

-What arrangements?

-"Bribes."
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-Alex ended up at one of Chapo's houses in Culiacan.

-It had a tunnel hidden under the bathtub. To open it, he said, you plugged something into an electrical outlet, then pushed a button behind the mirror.

Alex: "The bathtub would open up as quickly as if it were the trunk of a car."
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-When Chapo was arrested in February 2014, he was put in the same jail as Alex Cifuentes, who watched his boss being escorted into the jailhouse.

-The guards started yelling “everyone against the wall, everyone against the wall.’ They were yelling ‘It’s Chapo, it’s Chapo.’”

-Alex said that El Chapo often drove around in a golden Subaru with tinted windows and normal tires. “It wasn’t a car that called a lot of attention to itself,” he said.
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-He veered from telling stories about traveling to Ecuador in a 6-person boat w/a cooler filled w/$1 million cash to buy coke.

-He recounted how he lived at a small ranch outside Culiacan protected by Chapo's special security team, the Anthrax Group.

-He's a hardcore narco with a heart.

-We heard a recorded call of him today talking to his mom while hiding from the cops during a dragnet in Los Cabos.
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*****Now for the fun part, Alex is now under cross-examination
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