FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2016, file, image released by Mexico’s federal government, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for his prison mug shot with the inmate number 3870 at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. (Mexico’s federal government via AP)
Jurors in the federal trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman listened Tuesday to recorded conversations between the defendant and the various subordinates in the Sinaloa cartel.
In the recordings heard in the Brooklyn courtroom, Guzman was referred to as “boss” and “sir” by different callers, which he wore on dealing with the Mexican authorities and troops. In a phone conversation from 2011, Chapo said a lieutenant known only as “Cholo” to “take it easy with the police.”
“You told us to get a wolf to behave like a wolf,” Cholo answered. “That is how I like to do it.”
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“Just reprimand them,” Chapo ordered. “Don’t beat them anymore.”
In one interview, de Guzman is heard discussing the sale of methamphetamine in the US. He asks his correspondent: “What can you tell me … do you have clients in Los Angeles?”
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Later in the conversation, the person Guzman spoke to him saying: “My brother goes to 52 states.”
Prosecutors said that the FBI was able to confirm Guzman’s voice through the use of video from a conversation that he had with actor Sean Penn for Rolling Stone magazine in October 2015, after de Guzman had escaped from a Mexican prison for a second time. He was captured in the beginning of January 2016, shortly after the interview was published, after a shootout between the cartel members and Mexican marines.
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An FBI special agent testified that the agency hacked into the Sinaloa cartel’s encrypted communication system with the help of a mechanic who turned government informant.
Guzman is facing conspiracy charges in the ongoing trial in the federal district court in Brooklyn. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 face trial. Guzman’s lawyers say that he is surrounded by fellow entrepreneurs, who are the real culprits in a large drug conspiracy.
Fox News’ Marta Dhanis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.