Witness at US trial says El Chapo wanted informant killed
NEW YORK (AP) — A former associate of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says the kingpin wanted a computer tech who betrayed his cartel killed.
Alex Cifuentes made the allegation on Monday at the U.S. trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Cifuentes once lived with Guzman at a mountaintop hideout while they were in the cocaine-trafficking business together.
The witness testified that Guzman told him in 2012 that the tech needed to be tracked down and killed for giving authorities information on Cifuentes’ drug dealer brother. The hit never happened and the tech ended up helping the FBI collect scores of incriminating text messages that are being used in the prosecution.
Lawyers for Guzman say he’s being framed by several cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases.