‘El Chapo’ oversaw drug shipments, bribes as head of cartel, trial witness says
27 Nov 2018

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was “the boss” of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, a witness told jurors in the accused Mexican drug lord’s trial in Brooklyn federal court on Monday, contradicting the claim by Guzman’s lawyers that his dominance of the drug trade was a myth.

Miguel Angel Martinez, who described himself as a former manager in the cartel, took the witness stand on the sixth day of Guzman’s drug trafficking trial, testifying under an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors. For his safety, court sketch artists were ordered not to draw an accurate likeness of him.

“I knew that he was the boss,” Martinez said when a prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Robotti, asked him about Guzman’s role in the organisation. “Since I met him, he would give all of us orders.”

– By Brendan Pierson, Reuters, 27 November 2018.

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