Where are the witnesses who testified against Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán?

They were three of the main witnesses who helped U.S. authorities to jail “El Chapo” Guzmán for life

Where are the witnesses who testified against Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán?
Mexican authorities extradited the Mexican drug lord to the U.S. in 2017 - Photo: Courtesy of the DEA
English 16/02/2020 12:44 Manuel Espino Mexico City Actualizada 15:10

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According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Jesús “El Rey” Zambada García and Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez aka “La chapodiputada” are no longer in BOP custody. Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa has been released from prison. All of them were witnesses and testified against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán,

According to journalist Alan Feuer, the criminals are no longer in prison custody but their whereabouts are unknown since their cases are sealed. However, there are several possible explanations for their status, one of them is that they have joined a witness protection program or that they are out of prison custody in order to testify at another trial.

Jesús “El Rey” Zambada García

During the trial against “El Chapo” Guzmán, one of the former Sinaloa Cartel leaders, Zambada García, the brother of “El Mayo” Zambada who perhaps the most powerful drug lord in Mexico and the world, said that the drug cartel and its former allies, the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, paid around USD $50 million to Genaro García Luna, a former Mexican Security Minister, who was arrested in Texas in late 2019.


According to “El Rey” Zambada, he personally delivered USD $8 million to García Luna, who worked as Mexico’s top security official during the administration led by Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.

“El Rey” Zambada worked for the Sinaloa Cartel from the 80s and until 2008 when he was arrested.

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Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez

Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López is a former local lawmaker from Sinaloa. She testified in the trial against "El Chapo" in New York, she was accused of using fake documents to access the Altiplano maximum-security prison to visit the drug lord, with whom she allegedly had an affair.


Sánchez López was arrested when she tried to cross to San Diego, California. U.S. authorities accused her of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

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Jorge Milton Cifuentes

Jorge Cifuentes, one of the drug lord’s operators in Colombia was released from prison in December 2019. after testifying against the Mexican drug trafficker.


According to the U.S. government, he was the head of the Cifuentes-Villa Drug Trafficking Organization, which operates in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, and Spain. Cifuentes-Villa is allegedly responsible for financing and coordinating multi-ton cocaine shipments via speedboats, fishing vessels, and airplanes to the United States via Ecuador and Mexico. His drug trafficking organization was the primary source of supply of cocaine for the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

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