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NEW YORK CITY – the trial of the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman on Wednesday saw the reveal of texts he exchanged with his wife — and with a mistress nicknamed “Fiera” or “wild beast”.
With his wife, Emma Coronel, he discussed the display of a gun at his daughter, then a toddler, in 2012. “Our Kiki is fearless, I will give her an AK-47, so she can hang out with me.”
“Kiki” was a code name for Maria Joaquina, one of their twin daughters. She was barely 6 months old at the time. The text was one of many intercepts by the FBI and shown in Guzman is a process in New York City, where he faces conspiracy charges.
Coronel was shown deep in the drug trade. The texts turn her on as an agent of the offers outside of Mexico — and her father, Ines Coronel Barreras, was said to have discussed the sale of cocaine in Canada.
“Go ahead and lead a normal life. They just want to see if you see where I am,” Guzman told his wife about how he narrowly escaped a raid.
While the suspect was brought into the courtroom in a good mood, as usual, his attitude had changed by the time the texts were displayed. Chapo remained a hard look in his testimony and seemed nervous, moving in his chair and talking with his lawyers. Coronel, who, with his coming to the court almost every day to support her husband, was stone-faced.
In the texts, Coronel would call her husband “Don Joaquin,” “the Lord Joaquin” and “Daddy”, while he would call her “love,” “mama” and “queen”.
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But she was not the only “love” in the kingpin’s life. The members of the jury later heard the lyrics to Event Cabanillas Acosta, described as a mistress.
Chapo asked her: “How’s it going with the sale?” She answered, “Non-stop, my love.”
In the sms messages, Cabanillas, or “Fiera,” said a friend: “what do you Think of the glans (Guzman) told me? He wants a system of safety on the site. … He wants to spy on me. What do you think, I’m smarter than him.”
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Coronel was not surprised by any of this, but also do not seem comfortable with the testimony of FBI special agent Stephen Marston. The couple stopped to exchange glances, in a break from the usual court routine. Guzman continued to stare at the witness, and chatted with his lawyers.
Another witness explained how the FBI obtained the texts. Christian Rodriguez, who said he worked for the Guzman of 2008-2012, told the court that he has installed a secure phone system for the Sinaloa cartel boss and employees to chat in safety, as well as the software, which allows de Guzman to spy on his wife, mistresses, and associates.
Rodriguez later reversed, becoming an FBI informant.
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By means of the spyware, Chapo was able to gain access to information from others’ phones and listen to what the devices’ microphones picked up.
“In the mountains, in his house, he was with a woman, and she had a computer in the house. He would ask me to make the computer special. He would distract her so I would install it,” said Rodriguez.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.