Mexico’s prime drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, U.S., January 19, 2017, after his extradition from Mexico. U.S. officials/Handout by way of REUTERS
A former prime lieutenant to accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Tuesday stated he and his former boss once mentioned killing a police officer as a favor to an area politician.
Damaso Lopez Nunez, testifying towards Guzman in federal courtroom in Brooklyn, New York, walked jurors by way of a BlackBerry message trade in September 2013 through which he stated he advised Guzman that the mayor of La Paz, a city within the state of Baja California Sur, needed them to “take away” a “cop that has been bothering her.”
Guzman, Nunez stated, responded that they need to do the mayor the “favor,” because she was a favourite for a state-degree office in an upcoming election. He stated they should make the hit appear to be “revenge from some gangbanger.”
Lopez did not say whether the murder passed off.
The mayor of La Paz in 2013 was Esthela Ponce Beltran, who could not instantly be reached for comment.
Guzman, sixty one, who was extradited to the USA in 2017, has been on trial since November on costs of trafficking cocaine, heroin and different medicine into the nation as chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations.
His legal professionals have argued that he has been framed by the cartel’s real leader, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
Lopez, 52, was arrested in Mexico City on U.S. drug expenses in 2017 and extradited to america in July, where he pleaded responsible and was sentenced to life in prison. He stated Tuesday he’s hoping to have his sentence decreased by cooperating with prosecutors.
At the time of Lopez’s arrest in Might 2017, Mexican officials stated he was believed to have been looking for an alliance with Guzman’s rival, the Jalisco New Era Cartel.
Lopez spent much of his time on the stand corroborating testimony from the dozen or so other cartel members who’ve appeared at the trial, now in its third month.
Lopez stated he started working for Guzman around 2001, helping to rearrange drug shipments and bribe government officers, and ultimately turning into godfather to considered one of Guzman’s twin daughters.
Lopez is predicted to continue testifying Wednesday.
After jurors had left for the day, one of many prosecutors, Gina Parlovecchio, advised U.S. District Decide Brian Cogan the prosecution anticipated to wrap up its case either Thursday afternoon or Monday morning.
After that, Guzman’s legal professionals may have a chance to name their own witnesses. It isn’t but recognized whether or not Guzman will testify himself.
Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Modifying by James Dalgleish