“El Vicentillo” to testify against “El Chapo” today

Zambada Niebla, known as “El Vicentillo”, was a member of the Sinaloa cartel and declared himself guilty of drug trafficking in the U.S

“El Vicentillo” to testify against “El Chapo” today
“El Chapo” Guzmán - Photo: Leo Morales/EL UNIVERSAL
English 03/01/2019 12:41 Notimex y Redacción Mexico City Actualizada 12:41
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The trial against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will resume today and it is expected that Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of Ismael "Mayo" Zambada, the founder of the Sinaloa cartel, will testify.

Zambada Niebla, known as “El Vicentillo”, was a member of the Sinaloa cartel and declared himself guilty of drug trafficking in the U.S.

El Vicetillo” was arrested in Mexico City in March 2009 and extradited to the U.S. in February 2010 to face trial on charges related to drug trafficking.

Today, the trial against “El Chapo” Guzmán will resume after a pause announced on December 21.

Until now, those who have declared against “El Chapo” include Jesús “El Rey” Zambada; Miguel Ángel “Tololoche” Martínez, who used to be Guzmán's right hand; Juan Carlos “Chupeta” Ramírez, the leader of the Norte del Valle cartel, who disfigured his face in order to avoid justice, and Germán Rosero, a lawyer who spoke about Guzmán's violence capacity by declaring a war against the Beltrán Leyva cartel.

Other witnesses include Tirso “El Futbolista” Martínez, who revealed the routes used by “El Chapo” to transport cocaine to New York and Chicago.

Besides the testimonies, the prosecutors presented direct evidence that links Guzmán to the illegal drug trade.

A 2015 video of an interview between Sean Penn and “El Chapo” stands out among the evidence, where he accepts his role as a leader in the drug trafficking business.

Other evidence seems to incriminate Guzmán. During Cifuentes' testimony, a recording was revealed, where “El Chapo” is heard negotiating a cocaine shipment with an alleged leader of the FARC from Colombia.

Also, another witness, Pedro Flores, one of the most important drug lords in the history of Chicago, claimed “El Chapo” sent him around 60 tons of cocaine.

The witnesses, former Guzmán's partners in the drug business, have testified as part of a cooperation agreement with the prosecutors after they declared themselves guilty of charges related to the illegal drug trade.

According to Guzmán's lawyers, the trial will end in January, then the jury will decide the verdict in the biggest trial about drug traffic in history.
 

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