Tuesday, January 22, 2019

El Chapo Trial: Damaso “Licenciado” Nunez Lopez takes the stand

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

No lie: Chapo wears a red velvet blazer with a silk looking pocket square to court.  Emma wore a matching red blazer. 



Damaso Nunez Lopez aka Licenciado, is now on the stand giving testimony on behalf of the U.S. government.

The term “Licenciado” simply means a graduate, but in this case, Nunez studied law. The almost 63 year old was born in Sinaloa. 

He became a top chief of the prison administration by 1999.  He worked overseeing the maximum-security prison system, which included the Puente Grande Prison in Jalisco, where he met Chapo who was incarcerated there.

It was during the imprisonment of Chapo that the two became close in friendship and corruption.

Nunez formed a network of prison guards to accommodate Chapo’s needs, and Nunez was responsible for organizing Chapo’s infamous laundry cart escape on January 19, 2001.

To protect himself, he resigned his position at the prison two months before Chapo’s escape.  This caused a lowly maintenance worker nicknamed “Chito”, to take the brunt of blame.

Noteworthy: In Mexico it is not a crime to attempt or successfully escape from prison.  It is regarded as a natural instinct.  However, those in collusion are regarding as break the law.  In the case of Chapo’s tunnel escape over 20 were arrested, including the warden, yet all but 2 or 3 remain in prison as a trickle of those charged have gained freedom.  Most were high level personnel.


But in the case of Chito, he remains in prison with no freedom in sight.  He has been incarcerated for 10 years for arranging that laundry cart for Chapo’s flight to freedom.

Nunez joined the Sinaloa Cartel after Chapo’s escape and became Chapo’s right hand man and most trusted confidant.

When Chapo was arrested after his tunnel escape from Altiplano, Nunez, assumed he would take the reins.   He had established a strong criminal network himself, he attempted to consolidate the two factions of the cartel.  He began a violent bloody war against the sons of Chapo, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar.

But before he could fully consolidate, he was arrested in Mexico City.

Chapo’s sons gained then gained the upper hand against Nunez’ faction, including Nunez son known as “Mini lic”.

Mini Lic was literally running for his life when the decision was made to turn himself in to U.S. authorities for a plea.  Nunez was always thought to be apart of the deal making and it was suspected he would then agree to cooperate and testify again his former friend and boss, as part of a deal for both he and his son.

He was extradited to the United States on July 6, 2018.

Testimony


Court room spectators describe Nunez as tall, balding an seemingly arrogant.

He locked eyes with Chapo after being seated in the witness stand, giving him a nod while placing his fist over his heart.

Nunez claims he had nothing to with Chapo’s escape from Puente Grande prison.  He does admit to relatively benign assistance with helping him attain cell phones and clothes.  Also helping Chapo’s wife Gris visit him. 

It appears Nunez is not going to be as forthcoming as other CWs.

He says he worked for Chapo as a real estate broker, searching for and purchasing ranches and homes for Chapo. Then later as a “government relations liaison.

Meaning communications where "The govt would give us information regarding operations."

Explaining the escape, Nunez says only Chito helped Chapo. And that Chapo decided to make a break when he learned of the extradition filed by the U.S.

Nunez’ gives corruption testimony: He says he had two liaisons with the Mexican Army, Federal Police, AG office and the Marina., named “Javi” and “Roberto. Javi paid out $100K per month in bribes. Roberto paid out over $1 million per month.

Next were text messages between Chapo and Nunez, discussing the La Paz, PRI party BCS mayor. She was running for Governor in 2013 and asked for help from the cartel.  She also asked for their help in a assignation of aa policeman.

Chapo’s reply: “Yes. She is the favorite [meaning she would be governor]  and we should do her the favor. Maybe, when the cop is leaving his house as a revenge from some gangbanger. Don't be seen. Not with a rifle but with a pistol so it doesn't look violent."

Messages also referred to kilos of chemicals used to process and cut cocaine. He said the cartel was experimenting with "synthetic cocaine” and bringing in Colombian chemists to make it for them.

Nunez said  how Chapo's pilot once tried to fly a helicopter out of a warehouse and crashed in a wind gust. The warehouse was located on a former ostrich farm.  Chapo's pal Jorge Cifuentes later pushed it off a cliff for the insurance.

Nunez testified about  murders he says Chapo directed. One was his cousin Juancho.


Juancho

Chapo and Nunez were at a ranch in Culiacan when Chapo mentioned Juancho was supposed to be out of town, but Nunez said he was seen around.  Chapo was incensed, he ordered Juancho to be abducted and to be brought to the ranch. One of his employees, El Oso, kidnapped him in a public parking lot with Güero Bastida , another employee of the cartel.

Chapo's men arrived with Juancho, and Nunez said Chapo asked, "What is that rascal saying?" one of the abductors said; "Compadre, he offered me a lot of money to let him go."

Nunez says, "He ordered him to take him toward Culiacan and to kill him and leave him on the outskirts."

Chapo said the secretary knew everything about Juancho: "Therefore he had to suffer the same fate. They were both killed."


Israel Rincon Martinez el Guacho


The interrogation video of Israel Rincon Martinez was shown, who Nunez says worked for Chapo as a secretary, who allied with BLO when the split and war broke out between Sinaloa Cartel and BLO.

He was also accused of hiring hitmen to go after Chapo. In the video he is repeatedly asked about this. 

Chapo got a tip about Rincon being in Culiacán and ordered him kidnapped.  He was taken to a warehouse on Nunez’ ranch. That is where the video and interrogation commenced.  The voice in the video is that of Javi one of the liaisons previously mentioned.

Nunez said he heard Rincon/Guacho was later killed. He says Chapo told him this.

Other testimony notes:


Nunez says that  in 2004, "El Chapo " ordered the killing of Rodolfo Carrillo, brother of Amado Carrillo, because his assassins did not show him respect.

Carrillo and his wife were shot dead when leaving a movie theater, he explained. Pedro Perez, Carrillo's security chief, was also the chief of the police and immediately ordered, by radio, the help of federal agents. Lopez said so many police officers came to the scene that El Chapo asked his partner Ismael El Mayo  Zambada to ask his contacts in the federal police to order the the aents to disperse

He testified about the killing of Polo Ochoa, a drug trafficker close to "El Mayo" Zambada, who made an agreement with the Government to provide information on "El Chapo ". He was killed while in his truck with two others.  There were over 100 bullet casings left at the scene in 2012.[image at left]

The witness said that Chapo ordered the killing of Gonzalo Araujo Payán.  [Araujo, sicaro chief, was found dead at one of his homes in 2006.  His death ruled a suicide as there was a shot to the head and the weapon laying by his side]

Juancho was killed for lying about his location—As was his secretary because he knew about the lie.

Note:  At the beginning of the trial, Judge Brian Cogan asked the Prosecutor's Office not to focus on the alleged killings committed or ordered by Guzmán, since he is not being accused of homicide, but of drug trafficking.

Nunez claims to have received only 10 thousand dollars, a house valued at 1.5 million pesos and support in medical expenses for one of his children, who had an accident. This is very difficult to believe.  Nunez is the first CW to greatly downplay his role.

Gonzalito Araujo
The witness said: despite having been sentenced to life in the United States, he hopes that his collaboration in the case against the capo, will have him recommended for a sentence reduction.

Most of the testimony is redundant and one wonders again why a deal was made with Nunez.  Clearly it could have been done without. 

In a sidebar Judge Cogan asked the prosecution to reduce the number of redundant questions.

Nunez says in addition to Griselda’s visits-why she had to have clandestine visits was not said-also Nunez arranged visits from his brother-in-law, Marcelo Peña, and his brother Arturo.

Prosecutors may rest this week

Prosecutors say they many rest, as soon as Thursday.  If so, the defense will call their first witness on Monday as Fridays the courtroom is dark.

Below a translated and transcribed text convo between Chapo and Nunez:



Video [BB has posted this subtitled video all on one vid I will look for it]







110 comments:

  1. “Synthetic cocaine” WTF? Now these SNITCH-a-LOAS are getting greedy.. shady mofos

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    1. Why are you in a Sinaloa article

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    2. Never got offthe ground, a kilo was going for 70+ K

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    3. Maaaaan synthetic cocaine...wouldn't doubt it..ive ran into some yayo straight from the key no cut and it was weird assss helll

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    4. @1:53 most of the drugs you consume are cut or synthetic you will due if it was 100% drug trade has evolve real scientists and chemist bring in billions

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    5. As I’ve said in posts here before pharmaceutical Coke is a real thing. it is manufactured in the US and though it is primarily used as a mouthwash now pharmaceutical cocaine has been around since the 1970s. And you can still be prescribed by doctor cocaine hydrochloride

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    6. @ 3:58. That’s not synthetic cocaine, it’s pharmaceutical cocaine, made from coca, right in NJ. Synthetic cocaine would be coke that requires no coca to make.

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  2. Well these are his final days for dressing up, so he mind as well enjoy it

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  3. Did Damaso kill el Bravo? Did he had El Chapo's sons kidnapped?

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    1. Old news,
      Alfredito got them kidnapped Cause she wanted guano

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    2. Chapos dumb ass kids were kidnapped by mencho.

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    3. If u lived in culiacan Mexico you would not talk about their kids that way you would be scared to even say some s*** like that on social media or websites

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    4. 1256 well guess what buddy we dont live in Culiacan, we have the freedom to say whatever the fuck we damn well please. I pity ppl that have to live under tyranny. While this country isnt perfect by any means at least i dont have to live my life like a little bitch scared all the time

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  4. 1 million per month. Holyfuck!!!!

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  5. I dont know a whole lot about cocaine- never done it- but what is synthetic coke?? Is that stuff around?? Mexicans trying to cut out everyone and do it themselves ie. Meth and now synthetic coke- whatever that is

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    1. Synthetic coke is old news.

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    2. Nope too pricey and nobody even knows about it. The famous coca rosita and no it's not that strawberry garbage ppl have

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    3. Pretty soon this guy is going to tell Chivis she got old news....

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    4. 5:51 pm you are correct...And anyone who knows coke can tell the difference..

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    5. I don't think you understand the process of making meth. No one will ever dodge having to buy precurser chemicles for meth, from the Triad. All meth ingredients come from China. Every large-scale meth cook in the world gets their ingredients from China. End of story.

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  6. Chapo is getting snitched on just like he snitched on Mochomo and Caro Quintero

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    1. you post that like everyday bro. chill

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    2. Chapo BFF are snitching on him, he will go down as a nobody

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    3. I know right he stood in court and snitch on mochomo and Cato Quintero. I guessed I missed that show

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    4. Chapo definitely has Caro Quintero karma to pay off.

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  7. I am thinking Chapo sure should take the stand. and wear the red velvet jacket--ivory silk shirt and elevator shoes for effect.
    Seriously i think he should....nothing to lose and he can speak his story

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    1. What will the prosecutors ask him... mhmmmm

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    2. that would be great, and he should do it. I am sure he knows he is done, so mind as well say a few last words.

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    3. Chivis taking the stand in a criminal case will only get him guilty even faster.

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    4. Chivis I agree with you 100%, he needs to tell his side to clear up some of the lies with the jacket on of course 😂

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    5. Yea what to heck ? What could he lose ? Coulsd produce some evidence to be used in a new trial . It has been my experience anything can be used against you in the future . Even jokes in fabricated situations . For instance . There was a run away planned . One was advising not to do it . They didn't listen . After it happened other inmates were joking that he planned it and sat back and watched and laughed at the idiots . Completely untrue . In court that was presented as the "buzz" that was going around the jail . Anything that is said can and may e used . The fact that you would say nothing will be used . They will make issue of you not testifying , they will make issue off your demeanor when you testified . Oh sure some of that is inadmissible . Often things have to be struck from record. Really though you cant un-ring a bell

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    6. Chivis just killed me with the elevator shoes comment. LMFAO

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    7. Is him wearing that red blazer a joke...no I think it's his taste..remember the sensation he caused when he got caught...chapo Moda
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  8. Too funny elevator shoes mi papa tenia un par con esos se caso ..saludos Chivis .espero y estes mejor.

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  9. Chapo is a handsome chap; yet, several court artists' renditions of him are horrendous.

    Canadian girl

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    1. Money kept him looking young he most likely looks like the old creepy man that he is

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    2. Omg gurl stop that. El mas handsome es el mencho.
      El Gilberton

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    3. El Chapo handsome??? Then what is Enrique Peña Nieto? A Greek God?🤣

      El Cabrón De Tamaulipas

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  10. El guacho y el mochomo are the only ones gettimg respect up in this b....

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    1. Fkn Guacho went out like a G

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    2. Same thing they in the business they betrayed got killed like they killed so many them self’s. Mochomo dies because he did not turn into a rat other than that the rest are rats and traitors

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    3. Yeah was it worth it 7:16?

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    4. Guacho got killed like a bum

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    5. 11:34 why u a hater, he died like something you will never be a MAN. Kept it real like a few in the game will. Aguebo era de durango. I can only imagine any of u haters sitting hands tied infront of sicarios all of u tough guys will soil your tangas.

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    6. 6:51 hilarious how you defend your MAN

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    7. A real man doesn’t die like that he was a pos don’t get butt hurt Beltran Leyva groupies

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    8. Rincon probably worked with the dudes who killed him. I'm sure "Javi" and him had contact before. It was basically like his co workers killing him.

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  11. It was said that Chito was sentenced to 10 years and no freedom in sight. Then when was he caught ?and when was he sentenced? Because that seems wayyyy longer than 10 years. If he is probably never going to see freedom, then why not give him a life sentence or 50 years?? It looks worse to say 10 years and then another 10 years roll by and he’s still not out or even close to coming out. Govt does whatever it feels I guess, with the public watching.

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    1. Chapo had Chito go into a store to get waters sometime into their drive. When Chito came out chapo had split.

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    2. That's funny. Fucken chapo a conniving master-mind

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  12. Journalist Maibort said that his wife told her the matching wasn't planned they are "so connected" lol I don't think Lucero was worried, girl just wants the minimum years she can get.

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  13. I heard he also said el chapo was the one who sent out a hit against el guero bastidas can any body confirm this

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    1. Yeah El guero was with him so he probably did but who knows what he did

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    2. He was loyal to comandante virgo, thus resulting in his murder.

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    3. I think Guero was the aforementioned "secretary " that knew too much about Virgo hence why he was also ordered killed.

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    4. Yes that is both el juancho and guero bastidas in the pic ...both dead ....i always imagened it was an inside job..because they were heavy in the game

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  14. "Licenciado" is like "licensure" in English as somebody receiving a license, similar to a social worker graduate receiving a state license or a medical graduate receiving one. So, in Mexican Spanish is it being used as a colloquialism for "graduate"?

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    1. How do you pronounce Damaso is English? but please don’t be a dumb asshole about it.

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    2. They called Abl el licenciado for graduating/escaping from a prison.

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    3. 2:40....never ever heard of ABL being called licenciado....Botas Blanca's, or Jefe de jefes.

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    4. Abl has a corrido called el licenciado by juan villarreal.

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    5. 615 "de una prision de Durango se les fugo un licenciado. Tambien le yaman el tio. Jefe de jefes mentado" that is from the corrido botas Blancas by cuates de sinaloa.

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    6. 615 then you must get all your info from corridos lmao

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    7. Fyi many narcos have been referred to as jefe de jefes from Gallardo to Amado

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  15. El chapo wont escape the American's. It doesnt matter who says what at the trial. The American's will make an example out of him. He will die in prison. RIP chapo you had a good run.

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  16. Seems like El LIC wasn't giving out to much information. That tells ya he is still loyal to El Chapo. I wonder if Mini LIC will take the stand?

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    1. So loyal he co-signed with other witnesses on chapo having his own cousin murdered.

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    2. I thought hes getting charged for drug trafficking not murder. Might not be a big deal.

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    3. He just trying to get a lil time off his sentence, he had to give him something but if you read the article you should know he wasn't that forthcoming

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    4. Lic. Also said he still considered chapo a good friend, and that is just the circumstances that they are in that hes in the stand today.

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    5. While we sit here and argue about who's loyal whos unloyal. They still consider themselves great friends. The perfect speculators 😂

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    6. We literally have no fucken clue lol of what really goes on we just assume we know.

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  17. Anyone got info on Israel rincon? It sounds like he was trying to put himself in a rock and a hard place in the interrogation while Nunez says he was trying to kill chapo. Who was juacho a cousin too? Chapo? Fucking crazy how you can just order the death of someone you've known in an instant. No sympathy

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    1. Yeah it's pretty sad that Chapo killed his own cousin and israel was stuck between a rock and a hard place but he should have just kept it real with chapo

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    2. Juancho was Chapos cousin. Rincon aka 'el wacho' or 'el puma wacho' was a cartel operator that worked for the bosses in times of peace. When the war broke out he chose the Beltran side over chapos and mayos. He stated in the interrogation that he joined their side under threat of death pretty much. He was also blamed for the death of el cachorro son of el animal. Its said that he mistook el cachorro in a white Ferrari for Ivan chapos son in a white Lamborghini. Point is he killed him on behalf of abl and all hell broke loose. Chapos did a favor to el animal and started picking up and killing abl members all over Culiacan as stated by Rincon in the aforementioned video.

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    3. Much appreciated and much respect for the info guys. This is why I love this site's comments section

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    4. Puma Washo or Miki was 100% beltran Leyva he was married to chalo Araujo daughter and was chalito brother In law, they along with the charritos gave Chapo, mayo, and Manuel Torres more then they could handle.

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    5. 642 what r u talking about? They abducted and killed him on the quickness after he killed marcial lol all those guys you mentioned are dead as can be. You sound dumb cheerleading bro especially considering how that scum was killed. Fuck em all let God sort them out.

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    6. 12:14 how is that cheerleading when it’s the truth moron?! Puma washo was 100% beltran Leyva he was married to araujos which are parientes con Beltran common facts. Yes they are all dead but when war broke out they held their own in terms of having to fight CDS, military and feds. You sounds even dumber by speaking out of your ass and not knowing what I was talking about. Puss

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    7. 329 mentioning how one cartel was beating another cartel is cheerleading you ignorant peasant, or are your parents first cousins?? Can u comprehend?????

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  18. Chivis sweetie, will Benjamin or any of the remaining AFO brothers testify against Chaps?

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    1. no. and prosecutors announced yesterday they will prob rest their case on Thursday meaning Lic is their last witness.

      Anti climatic IMO and i would have placed margarito flores on the stand instead of pedro. Good for them they have so much direct evidence.

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  19. Great more of bribing the Mexican government, federal police was in collusion and helping out Chapo. He wanted people murdered, not a problem, they got it done.

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  20. Has El Licensiado ever spent time in the USA before, say 15 years ago?

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    1. He was here for little brothers birthday on a ranch in Southern California 80 miles west of Mexicali in 2016 he still has several properties down here

      -El E1

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  21. I want to marry chivis who ever she is.

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    1. She already has a loving husband. You can be the Sancho, lol

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    2. Nah sorry I’m the sancho

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    3. I want Chivis to be my mama or my tia.

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  22. Did you guys know that Payan killed chalino sanchez?
    Well he did just Incase some you still wonder about chalino.

    M”

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    1. Barbarino also claimed that body

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    2. Chalito thoeries are loose JFK theories

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  23. So senor yo soy el sapo

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  24. Great coverage on the case...Gonzalo is the guy from vida mafiosa.... Also his son died along with ABL... Chivus is that correct?

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    1. Yes and his daughter was also dating el guacho at time he was kidnapped...guy in the video...

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    2. Chalo araujo committed suicide, yes vida mafiosa is aboutnhim. Yes his son chalito died along side abl in cuernavaca

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    3. Gonzalo el chalo araujo, i believed chalos daughter had a kid with el wacho or something like that also she was involved in el animals son being killed, she set him up

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    4. Chalo was a well known Pedophile. Girls as low as 14 years old

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    5. That song wasnt for chalo

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    6. 2:09 for who?

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    7. 10:51 If you wanna go there. Chapo guzman as well and Caro Quintero too. And that's just what we know about. There could be more.

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    8. "Vida mafiosa" is not a chapo Nor caro corrido. They can relate I'm sure. But everyone knows that corrido was for Gonzalo Araujo.

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  25. Chapos probably had something to do with every high ranking cartel members death. In gueros corridos they talk about how much the Guzman respected and appreciated him lol also in polo Ochoa how he was Guzman and mayo's good friend. These guys really kept friends close and they're deth reaper's closer.

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    1. In that life your best friends kill you while smiling.

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    2. It was rumored that chapo and mayo owed 5 million to guerito

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  26. These h*es ain't loyal huh?

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