-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,"
-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.
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.”
-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.
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.
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 !!
****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
-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."