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A former drug supplier of the ‘Chapo’ said that he proposed to a Pemex official a plan to move drugs.
At the end of 2007, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán met with executives of Pemex to use his oil tankers to carry cocaine from Ecuador to Mexico, said today Colombian Jorge Cifuentes Villa, a protected witness called to trial in New Mexico. York against the ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to Cifuentes, the meeting was held in a secret hiding place in the mountains of Sinaloa, where he, “El Chapo” and Dámaso López, a lieutenant of the capo, received an official from Pemex named Alfonso Acosta.
The plan was to move the drug into Pemex’s oil tankers from Ecuador to the Lázaro Cárdenas refinery in Michoacán, reporter Alan Feuer of the New York Times reported on his Twitter account.
“Although the plan did not work in the end,” said Cifuentes, there were several meetings to discuss it. The idea was proposed by Vicente Zambada Niebla, son of ‘Mayo’ Zambada, main partner of the ‘Chapo’. Vicente was the only one, said Cifuentes, who had ‘the connections’ with Pemex, “Feuer said.
Cifuentes, nicknamed “El J”, also said he spoke about the purchase of drugs by the Sinaloa Cartel to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which was endorsed by “El Chapo.”
Likewise, Feuer added, the respondent also said that he bribed the Ecuadorian Army to move cocaine in military trucks from the border between Ecuador and Colombia to its warehouses in Quito and Guayaquil.
The Colombian trafficker explained that he paid the Ecuadorian captain Telmo Castro 100 dollars for each kilo of drug transported.
Cifuentes was arrested in Venezuela in 2012 and extradited by Colombia in 2013 to the United States under the charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, since he was identified as the clan leader of Cifuentes Villa, the oldest narco group in Colombia.