Thursday, May 21, 2020

Flores twin who turned against El Chapo plays COVID-19 card in prison; feds accuse them of hiding assets

"Parro" and "Mica" for Borderland Beat; ABC7

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A once-trusted Chicago henchman for notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is asking to be released from federal prison because of the continuing threat from COVID-19.

An attorney for Margarito Flores filed a sealed request for Flores to be released from prison claiming that the virus constitutes "extraordinary and compelling reasons" warranting his release, U.S. prosecutors in Chicago said.

The government is opposing his release and used the opportunity to lodge a new, public allegation against Flores and his also-imprisoned twin brother Pedro, claiming that they lied to authorities during their cooperation and secretly stashed money in violation of their federal agreement.

Federal investigators seized more than $4 million from them during the investigation, money that they tried to hide at the time according to the government. There have always been questions about whether additional cash had been buried, literally, for their families, and themselves once they were released.

The "government no longer holds the view that all recoverable proceeds were turned over to the government," prosecutors wrote in a footnote to the current filing, which concludes Margarito shouldn't be set free.

"It clearly means that Flores lied to them about some sum of money" said ABC7 legal analyst Gil Soffer, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago. "It's not something he was honest about at sentencing presumably. It's something they recently learned about. The government wants it to factor into the judge's decision to deny the request," Soffer said on Tuesday.

The Flores twins were El Chapo's top Chicago operatives during the Sinaloa cartel's iron-clad control of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine sales in Middle America and the Eastern Seaboard.

"In total, while they ran their drug trafficking operation, the Flores brothers caused approximately $1,823,415,000 (billion) in drug proceeds to be laundered from the United States to Mexico, money that was paid to cartel leaders and acquired by the Flores brothers as profits," say U.S. prosecutors in the new court filing.

As the I-Team has reported on numerous occasions, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for 80% of illicit drug sales in Chicago for more two decades. There are no details provided in the government's filing of where Flores (or his brother) are being held because they are known to be held under witness protection within the prison system.

Some I-Team sources with knowledge of the cartel case say that Margarito Flores is due to be released in August having completed the required portion of a 14 year sentence.

Prosecutors state that he is mistakenly asking for a court to intervene and order his early release when federal regulations require that an administrative appeal be made with the Bureau of Prisons.

"In his motion, defendant states that he was unable to file an administrative appeal due to his recent hospitalization for a tooth abscess. However, since May 13, 2020, defendant was returned to his institution and, as of the date of this filing, has yet to file an appeal of the Warden's denial of his request for compassionate release" prosecutors said.

The twin brothers, from Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, decided to cooperate with U.S. drug agents in 2008, and at great personal risk they covertly recorded conversations with El Chapo.

They were among the top informants ever "flipped" by federal authorities and Margarito Flores is considered the highest-ranking convict to be asking for COVID-19 relief, according to Soffer.

"The drug trafficking and violence. He's got to be at the top of the list who are most infamous trying to get out of jail early" said Soffer.

Soffer said he doesn't believe Flores will get out early and says the government could file new charges against both brothers for perjury and obstruction of justice following allegations of hidden cash.

Note: This article was written by Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner from ABC7. Borderland Beat contributors "Parro" and "Mica" shared the news in the forum. 

71 comments:

  1. Biggest rats in history

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    1. Rats how are the rats? they outsmarted chapo and Mayo. They did what anybody would do. Government allow them to keep working and making millions and let them keep the money, They are smart rats. You see my Chino’s example. CDS has no loyalty to their own, Why should anybody have loyalty toward CDS

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    2. Who cares? They made their choices so they get to live with their choices.

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    3. Everyone is a rat answer this would you rat to save your mother?

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    4. @1:19 you just answered yourself they are rats because they snitched. I do not know why you think it’s nothing like the other rats they kill tape commit crimes sell drugs but they turn informants and that makes it ok. What about all the dead people the thousands millions of victims? Oh and you say they did what anybody would do no is law abiding citizens would not do crimes. And why just used cds there are rats in all cartels street gangs anywhere. They were tuff and big gangsters but once the feds came knocking they cried and snitched they dident even cared about their families in Mexico just them and their hidden millions.

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    5. So many keyboard warriors claiming rat this rat that, 99.9% of you reading this would rat

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    6. These boys make snitch 9 look like a joke

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    7. @ 424pm which is one of the many reasons why 99.9% of people posting here wouldn't ever sell drugs or join a cartel. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

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    8. First off chapo snitched on rivals alot more than twins, so you can say twins paid Chapo his own medicine. Lets just call all drug lords (except Mochomo) a rat and say they’re all equal and its karma!

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    9. Hmmmm....Rats?? Check out a site on YouTube called Truth Witness.. You will see one rat after another. Ratting is as much a part of being a cartel member as is murder, extortion, kidnapping, etc. "Psychos and Snitches"...Sounds like a great title for a cartel news story

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    10. Biggest rats EVER? Are you forgetting Samny the Bull who took down the heads of the 5 families? The Flores Twins have fascinated me since I first read about them here on BB. From their own father being killed and them at such a young age having to take over. The way they convinced El Chapo to sell to them. How they became huge traffickers in Chicago. Then realizing that they were never going to get out alive they on their own taped El Capo negotiating a big cocaine deal? Even after making a deal with the DEA, they were screwed. But, in the end they got only 14 years each with a target on their backs. With this new problem and possibility of new charges...the life or a drug trafficker always ends the same.By testifying against El Chapo they've keep their families alive. Whether they get out of prison sooner or later, they live another day. Most people that have testified against a kingpin, be it Italian,Columbian or Mexican most don't live long. Thanks BB for continuing to fill us in on The Flores Twins. You know I'm 1000% against drugs. That being said, I'm still fascinated by The Twins. Peace always.

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    11. @7:18 so you keep saying but there’s no evidence chapo snitched he was like any other had them in his pockets he paid them your idol mencho is a rat then? He pays millitary and cops too.

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    12. 7:18AM, there is a lot of evidence Chapo snitches... where does it say Mencho is my idol? It literally says ALL drug lords except MOCHOMO. Yes they are all snitches.

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    13. 7:18 really? No evidence? Come on you have ti be blind, chapo was the most well know capo in mexico and every documentary tv made about him he would snitch! That tells you something, or you want to go ask him face to face if he snitched? Even if he says he did you wont believe him, i know your type

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    14. How can he snitch on enemy's if he knows nothing about that organization. He's not part of it so how can he snitch ūü§Ē

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  2. I thought the issue was safety from COVID not staying in jail because they didn't cooperate fully by hiding cash?

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  3. Acaban de Atacar en la sierra El Convoy donde iba Ovidio...11am tiempo de CLN..

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    1. Any validity t this?

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    2. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3299913126719904&id=884970868214154

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    3. 6:01 esperemos que si, una rata menos! Bueno un raton menos

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    4. Fake news sorry my man

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  4. With all that cash, you know those dudes hid some money from the feds. Wouldn't you? Haha

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    1. Hidden assets are what the rich do. These boys racked up. Miss those days where a brick was given at 14500 & sold for 21000.
      That is if one is well connected. Never stepped on & here.
      Nowadays, everyone & everything is stepped on & can't trust consistency & quality.

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    2. I dunno what to think anymore. For decades they were going over the street dealers and users, ultimately giving up. They then went after the kingpins and are left now with the situation you describe, absolute anarchy in the underworld.

      End this “war” now...

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  5. seems like all chicago people are rats saludos from socal

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    1. Not on my end. Suggest screening your people

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  6. Wonder where the Flores twins family lives at......hopefully in the USA by now. They hope, anyway.

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    1. they are from chicago. all US citizens. they were all warned not to ever travel to mexico. the father of the twins did and was never seen again, just his empty car.

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    2. Father Couldn't have been Disappeared by CDS they dont kill innocents!

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    3. 7:28 daddy flores was in the cartel,
      like the others in the family.

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  7. inject them with covid-19 and let them rot slowly in hell

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    1. Covid-19 is not that deadly if you arent old

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  8. This has been like a case study in how the government should not treat cooperating witnesses, and highlighting, many, if not all, of the flaws with that aspect of federal prosecution.

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    1. Good point. Government does what it does, when it wants. Applying their recommendations based on how one's day is going.

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    2. Great job US government! Giving a heads up to these fools about any money stashed.
      Should have watched them closely upon release & catch them in the cookie jar.
      Government working backwards. Rather, ineffective and incompetence.

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  9. La lista negra has been updated on my Tactical tablet by the way we are now using a new form of Excel developed by a former NSA operative for reporting purposes with highly encrypted numerical calculations and powerpoint presentations for los Patrones.

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    1. A poco tienes lista negra de todos los internet trolls como tu?

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    2. Im gonna have to hide

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    3. Aww Patron Chapo is learning his numbers in jail. After you teach him addition and subtraction, will you teach him how to read??

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    4. 4:59 many Harvard graduates with dual degrees in business, law, computers, etc.etc. have become money launderers, russian puppets, drug traffickers themselves or work for drug traffickers, imagine Chapo with a law or business degree?

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  10. These rats are the reason Chapo n Beltran leyva brothers went to war

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    1. The war happened cause Chapo snitched out mochomo

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    2. 5:43 so twins was just karma for Chapo! Revenge is a dish best served cold!

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    3. 5:43 that's what most people think but these guys knew every move of Beltran leyva brothers n Chapo n were feeding info to the feds while still working for them

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    4. 12:13 genarco garcia luna and EPN's ambitions toppled the Beltranuses,
      They used to park their helicopters in toluca mexico's airport in "el barbas" hangars, but for some reason, i suspect it used to be all Amado's until he died.

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  11. I wonder how long will they last once they are released.. chino didn't last but a few months lol

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    1. These boys will never enter into Mexico.
      Expect these boys to flourish with their illicit riches. Why do you think their wives stayed by their side during their time? Hoodrat wives are all smiles and eager to enjoy their spoiled lives again.

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    2. 3:57, Emma is the smartest of all hoodrats, she inherited all the money solo. Chapo never getting out. Twins will be out with their ladies drinking pi√Īa coladas while Chapo sips on pitos coloradas!!

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    3. 7:33 why are you hating on chapo he's old now he already did his thing

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    4. 7:33 Bruh I'm lmao!

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    5. 8:26 the boy is jealous.
      He wants to be the one chupando pitos colorados in prison.

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    6. Chino wasnt in witsec and went back to mexico. These two will never be seen or heard from again. I wonder if they will be moved to the same area of each other.

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  12. Rodolfo "Kato" Rangel his regards, I'm sure. Jugaron chueco y miran lo que ganaron. The crazy part this all started with the arrest of a low level dealer.

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    1. Thats how it works, of course if you catch a higher level guy you get to your target faster

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    2. Kato Rangel's woman was his fall, she belongs now to one of the flores twins now, he made up lies to get Kato killed to get her.

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  13. They got money hidden. Like my guys compadre who associated with them. Hidden compartments in walls stuffed with money in homes where relatives reside.
    To think otherwise for a cooperative witness who knows freedom is bleak would be not logical.
    Funny thing is; his kidnapping revealed the cowardly individual he truly is.

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  14. I seen a store like this about them yesterday on YouTube.

    https://youtu.be/cVwJINGSaag

    -the guy who knows nothing

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  15. Them or their families will eventually make a mistake and los chapitos are new era of drug lords theyll definitely be keeping an eye for them..

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    1. They should keep an eye out for sicarios and getting ran up on and kidnaped, kicked and Then crying to be let go, after giving up so much to be released. Keep ya head on a swivel boys!!

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  16. They did good anyone reporting on cartel bosses are in my eyes good people. Cartels and its bosses are not hero's or do good they kill people brutally every day its gotta stop.

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  17. I be there is some people doing what Flores did before and haven’t got cought yet

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  18. "The drug trafficking and violence. He's got to be at the top of the list who are most infamous trying to get out of jail early" said Soffer.

    That's plain wrong, since the Flores did not use violence. Another example of a lying government official.

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    1. 6:51 Kato Rangel and other guys got killed on orders of the twins, under false pretenses and gossip and lies or for being suspected government witnesses.

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  19. Hope he gets the deathly viper virus, now he has alot to worry about death, but he sure was having fun, with freely killing innocents.

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  20. You have to be fairly ignorant if you dont realize that Sean Penn was also part of luring El Chapo in.

    The DEA never had waterproof evidence that Chapos prosecution were going to stick. Sean Penns fake ass ”Interview” did just that..it gave the other part of an ”American Trial”..The public perception in media,a ”watertight” evidence were Chapo himself talkes about his life in drug trafficking..The fake reportage in Rolling Stone was pubilshed the day after Chapo was arrested.

    Personally i cant believe how stupid Chapo was to agree to that moronic interview..Good lord what f*ckup thing that was. On the run for the 3rd time & agrees to admit it all on tape..Just because ”Sean Penn & Rolling Stone wanted an interview”..

    No,that interview was made for one reason,a DEA/CIA media hit to give the public & Jury the right perception.

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  21. Witness protection
    Here come two more

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  22. It’s interesting how some of you comment about these type of people being rats/snitches are most likely 99.9% never been envolved the the drug game at a high level or have the balls to get into it. If you have never been in the game or gotten busted by the Feds your just a comment warrior. I was ratted out by close friends. At the end they all did what they could to save themselves to avoid doing a lot of time. That’s how it does.

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