Chicago drug trafficker testifies against El Chapo at trial
Identical twin brothers from Chicago made a fortune by distributing nearly 40 tons (36 metric tons) of cocaine worth $800 million for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman before signing up as cooperators who spied on the cartel, one of the them testified Tuesday at a U.S. trial.
Pedro Flores told the jury that the brothers had face-to-face meetings with Guzman and another Sinaloa cartel leader, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, in Mexico in 2005 to begin negotiations for the cartel to use the pair’s successful drug-dealing network covering Chicago, New York, Detroit and other large cities.
“You guys have my respect,” he quoted Zambada as saying. “Imagine if you guys were triplets.”
When Flores wore shorts to his first sit-down with Guzman — or “The Man,” as he referred to him — at a mountainside hideout, the kingpin joked about why “with all that money, I couldn’t afford the rest of the pants,” he said.