NEW YORK – the Identical twin brothers of Chicago made a fortune by distributing nearly 40 tons (36 tonnes) of cocaine with a value of $800 million for Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman before you sign up as a partner who spied on the cartel, one of them testified Tuesday at a U.S. study.
Pedro Flores told the jury that the brothers had face-to-face meetings with de Guzman and other Sinaloa cartel leader, Ismael El Mayo” Zambada in Mexico in 2005 to begin negotiations for the cartel use of the few successful drug trafficking network covering Chicago, New York, Detroit and other large cities.
“You have my respect,” he quoted Zambada so to speak. “Imagine that you guys were triplets.”
When Flores was wearing shorts his first sit-down with Guzman — or “The Man”, as he called him — on a mountainside hideout, the kingpin joked about the why: “with all that money, I could not afford the rest of the pants,” he said.
Flores, 37, is the first American in a parade of cooperators to testify against Guzman on drug trafficking trial in the federal district court in Brooklyn. Defense attorneys have labeled the witnesses as shady criminals are willing to say anything to get breaks in their own business.
In his first day on the witness stand Tuesday, Flores said he got his start as a young boy as a translator of his father’s drug trafficking operation. He and his brother, Margarito, eventually took over and grew it to a multi-million company that came with risks, he said.
After learning they would be charged in the united states, the brothers moved to Mexico in 2004 and continued to interact from the distance, as fugitives, Flores said. He described having an argument with a Mexican drug dealer over a debt of a feud which resulted in him being kidnapped by captors who kept him blindfolded, handcuffed and unfed.
After two weeks he was released to his brother, apparently with the help of Guzman. His brother, the first words from him, he said that he smelled bad, and “I met Chapo.”
Flores said the dangers of the violent drug trade made him fear for his family, which leads to a decision to contract with the Drug Enforcement Administration agents and begin by making secret recordings of Guzman and others, ” he said. A bloody civil war within the cartel means, “we were in a lose-lose situation,” he said, “because we had to choose a side.”
Flores, who eventually pleaded guilty and is serving a 14-year prison sentence, again to testify on Wednesday.