El Chapo once tried to add state-owned Mexican oil ships to his international cocaine smuggling pipeline, but the deal ultimately ran out of gas, a witness testified Wednesday.
Federal witness Jorge Cifuentes recounted for jurors how he purchased the “small” chopper, a blue MD 520N, for the pint-sized accused Mexican drug lord in 2003.
Sanchez told jurors he began operating the convoy in 2000, after the former person in charge shot himself in the face. Another person operating the train died during plastic surgery, which is…suspicious.
He said the meeting in the mountains near Culiacán focused on a plan to have cocaine from Ecuador transported in tanker ships to the coast of Michoacán, just south of Guadalajara.
After that first meeting, Guzman agreed to sit down with Penn for another interview. However, with troops closing in on him, Guzman deemed that second meeting too dangerous, and instead answered selected questions on video.
Chapo is facing charges including operating a continuing criminal enterprise.