Witness: El Chapo told me to give $100 000 to general

2018-11-15 22:05
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (AP)

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (AP)

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A former Mexican cartel member is testifying for the US government at the New York City trial of the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Jesus Zambada detailed on Thursday how the Sinaloa cartel paid bribes, preferably in US dollars, to high-ranking police and other officials to protect its drug operation.

He said that in one instance, Guzman directed him to give $100 000 and a hug to a general.

On Wednesday, Zambada identified Guzman in the courtroom and told jurors he "was one of the most powerful drug traffickers in Mexico".

The witness described how the cartel made massive profits by smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States.

Defence lawyers say Guzman is being framed.

Read more on:    joaquin "el chapo" guzman  |  mexico  |  narcotics
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