New York City – Agent Victor Dazquez, agent for drug prosecution, on Wednesday shed light on how the operation to capture the infamous master of the genus Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman began.
Speaking in Guzman's corruption attempt, Vazquez said he was born in Mexico, joined DEA 15 years ago and was awarded a post in Mexico City from 2009-2014. During that time, one of his most important jobs was investigating the Sinaloa cartel, which led him to focus on "catching and handing out" his "leaders" whom he identified as Rafael Caro Quintero, Mayo Zambada and "El Chapo ". [1
Vazquez was not only present for Guzman's catch; In fact, he was DEA's main link with the American marines. He said he was the one "suggesting to use Marines specifically for this operation" because of his "relationship with them, their success and reputation." Vazquez said he had been in the Marine Corps himself before joining the DEA.
"We took out the (Mexican) federal police and only involved the marines," Vazquez added.
This operation began on January 19, 2014, in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, the witness said. Vazquez told the court that agents did not want to enter Culiacan, which he described as entering the "lion's den". He added: "You enter the bottom of the world's most powerful cartel."
First, they tried to catch Zambada, as their prospects of getting Guzman's partner were more solid, witnessed Vazquez. The coalition of about 100 people, about half flying into Black Hawk helicopters, searched for Zambada on the outskirts of Culiacan, but did not find him.
But before Vazquez was able to continue, the interruption for the day became.
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Earlier Wednesday, the court heard more from Alex Cifuentes, a so-called "secretary" to El Chapo. Cifuentes told the jury that a Chapo federation had hats and T-shirts made with a Sinaloa cartel logo. In addition, he said Guzman, who wanted a movie about his life, once said in an interview with a producer that the Mexican army had smashed his hands with their rifle bits and "tied his feet to a rope and turned him upside down" hanging from a helicopter.
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Cifuenter earlier this week revealed that the defendant told him he paid bribes for former presidents Enrique Pena Nieto and Felipe Calderon in Mexico – claims that both presidents have denied Cifuentes said Wednesday that his family paid Oscar Naranjo, a former Vice President of Colombia and the national policeman, known for his tough stance on drug trafficking, to keep them safe. Naranjo has also denied Cifuente's demands.
Judge Brian Cogan signaled that he wanted to limit what was said in court on the presumed bribes, saying that there was a "mountain" of information but "no evidence" to prove the allegations. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said prosecutors could "be desperate to protect the Mexican government."