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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Margarito Flores, Chicago Cocaine Kingpin Who Helped Bring Down El Chapo, Will Teach Cops How To Catch Drug Traffickers

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Margarito Flores (right) and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, once were the biggest drug traffickers in Chicago. Now both out of prison, Margarito Flores is teaching law enforcement authorities how to fight the cartels and catch drug traffickers.U.S. Marshals Service

One of the notorious Flores twins is to lead a seminar at the Kane County sheriff’s office — “a rare chance for us to get into the mind of the people we are trying to find,” an official says.

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Margarito Flores (right) and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, once were the biggest drug traffickers in Chicago. Now both out of prison, Margarito Flores is teaching law enforcement authorities how to fight the cartels and catch drug traffickers.

Margarito Flores Jr. and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, once were the biggest drug traffickers in Chicago, importing a ton of cocaine into the country every month.

Over the years, the Flores twins brought in 60 tons or more, authorities say — and sent more than $1.8 billion in cash back to Mexico to pay for those drugs, putting them among El Chapo’s biggest customers.

Their luck ran out in 2008. That’s when they were ensnared by federal authorities and agreed to become informants for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration against Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, who ran the Sinaloa cartel.

Now free along with his brother after completing their 14-year prison terms, Margarito Flores will be teaching law enforcement authorities in the Chicago area how to catch narcotics traffickers. He’s scheduled to speak Sept. 25 at a one-day seminar titled “From Kingpin to Educator” at the Kane County sheriff’s office headquarters in St. Charles.

But the location could be changed based on turnout and safety issues, according to Sgt. Ryan Wasson, who oversees special investigations for Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain.

Why bring in one of the Chicago area’s most notorious criminals to teach cops?

“It’s a rare chance for us to get into the mind of the people we are trying to find,” said Wasson, whose officers work on a federal Homeland Security Investigations task force and have made large seizures of cartel drugs and cash and drugs.

“This relates directly to what we do,” Wasson said.

He said the only previous time he has gotten similar training from a high-profile criminal was from Rene “Boxer” Rodriguez, a Mexican Mafia prison gang leader in California.

Flores will speak to cops about “every aspect of the cartels, including distribution logistics, routes, concealment methods in vehicles and houses, command structure, [and] tactics used to elude law enforcement,” said Jeramy Ellison, owner of Dynamic Law Enforcement Training, the company organizing the seminar.

“Margarito found me on social media several months back and ‘liked’ my pro-law enforcement content in regards to narcotics and criminal interdiction,” Ellison said. “He is passionate about helping law enforcement.”

Flores will be paid for his teaching, Ellison said.

The seminar is open to 80 officers “but it’s possible to add more,” he said.

More classes featuring Flores are “in the works” in California, Texas and Oklahoma.

The DEA declined to comment.

Security for Margarito Flores is a concern not only because he and his brother were DEA informants but also because Pedro Flores ended up being the star witness against El Chapo at the 2019 trial in New York that ended with the cartel kingpin being sentenced to federal prison for life.

A courtroom sketch showing Margarito Flores (right) and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, appearing before then-U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago in 2015.

A courtroom sketch showing Margarito Flores (right) and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, appearing before then-U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago in 2015.

In 2015, when the twins were sentenced on drug charges in Chicago, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo gave them a break for their cooperation but warned that their roles as two of the most important DEA informants in history would forever put them in peril.

“Every time you start a car, you are going to be wondering is that car going to start or is that car going to explode every single time for the rest of your life,” Castillo said.

The brothers’ father is presumed to have been killed after being kidnapped when he re-entered Mexico in 2019 despite U.S. officials warning him not to do so.

“Safety is always a top priority, and we have put preventative measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved, especially Margarito,” Ellison said of the seminar. 

“Unfortunately, we cannot disclose specific details about these measures or the location where the class will be held. It is important to note this class is only for sworn law enforcement officers.”

Though the Flores twins, who grew up in Little Village, are now free, their wives are looking at prison time for money-laundering for hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars of their husbands’ illegal drug profits to maintain their lavish lifestyles.

Vivianna Lopez, Pedro Flores’s wife, was sentenced earlier this month to three and a half years in prison.

Margarito Flores’ wife, Valerie Gaytan, is set to be sentenced Sept. 28 — three days after his training session for police officers.

Ellison said the timing was coincidental.

Vivianna Lopez (left) and Valerie Gaytan during an appearance on the CNBC show “American Greed” in 2021.

In 2017, the two women published the book “Cartel Wives” that described their high-flying, danger-filled world, which included living on Mexican mountaintop estate with servants and a menagerie of animals.

“Cartel Wives,” the a book by the Flores twins’ wives Vivianna Lopez and Valerie Gaytan subtitled “A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo.”

Last year, the twins launched a podcast, produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, called “Surviving El Chapo.”


Chicago Sun Times

68 comments:

  1. Only in the great US of A do you become an "independent consultant" after becoming the biggest snitch in law enforcement history

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    1. and it always works. Takes one to catch one

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    2. It's the least he can do for all the poison he pumped into Chicago.

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    3. 1:18 floride??

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    4. Damn what a bunch of rats. 馃幎馃幍I’m so raw I got a rat 馃悁 giving me cheese 馃 馃幍馃幎

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  2. There is no science 馃敪 to that El Mencho was caught in USA but in mexico he has protection from government officials Catching drug traffickers in mexico depends on the power and pressure the USA government gives the Mexican government to a points they say ✋ I can't help you anymore like every did to El chapo since he became a liability to the cartel

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    1. Mencho was small time when he got caught
      Most likely he has protection now and that's the reason he is the #1 most powerful capo in Mexico right now.
      Nobody can reach that amount of power without government help

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  3. Lol we in a new era generation now they got popped years ago. There’s a lot of new thangs going on now they don’t even know about

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    1. That's what I said new technology they got locked 2008 smart phones were nearly created and didn't have much as now social media wasn't popular like it is now new routes and all

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  4. The great USA where the dollars have more value than kids lives ask 'Hollywood's elite and the zambada clan who with their 'jale' thousands of Americans od. Isn't coincidence that 3 of the zambadas kids are free and witness protection el mayo 50 years of been so "smart"

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    1. @9:04 get used to it I have a lot of stories from both side of the trade as especially your mencho

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    2. 10:19 lol cringe

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    3. 10:19 not rooting for anyone I have been following this page since the beginning and you get learn to a thing or two I play baseball on Sunday and follow las chivas,don't care who "wins "the war

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    4. I think the US and Mexico are scared to go after El Mayo and arrest him. With “26000” members of CDS that’s a lot of splinters that’s a lot of new cartels that will form it will be like the fall of Guadalajara cartel again. More violence than ever

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  5. Does the name - Frank Lucas ring a bell ?
    All bullshit though!
    At least in the 70s the real corruption was revealed.

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    1. You believe that because SOSA said so??

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    2. @5:01AM ☠️ 馃ぃ馃槀

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    3. You want Elvira, you can have her.

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  6. So this punks are now the usa governments bitches. Fucking disgrace.

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  7. If you can't beat them, join them

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  8. This is trash, they are a disgrace. Hope they ⚰️

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    1. Its either grass and get 14 years or not grass and get life without parole

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    2. Hope they... what is that man? Hope they have a chocolate milkshake with sprinkles? Sorry, I'm old.

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  9. Solo un verdadero est煤pido descerebrado comprar铆a un libro tan espantoso y sin valor., la obsesi贸n por estos personajes ha roto fronteras. Trabajen honradamente, estudien y den lo mejor de s铆 mismos, para que no se vean en la necesidad de degradarse como seres humanos. En fin, como dice mi refr谩n favorito: "Hasta el cabello m谩s delgado tiene su sombra". Imb茅ciles

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  10. General Cienfuegos should be arrested once his grandfather is out of office like the other general in the 1990s.

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  11. Looks like these bozos didn't get a dream team to defend them like OJ and he still messed up in Vegas these people never learn.

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  12. This is about as funny as all the kids over on reddit claiming people from Sinaloa are German

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    1. How do you think Banda music was invented in sinaloa?

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    2. 8:39 it was instruments were BROUGHT OVER which is wat different from them being german 馃槅

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    3. There are German descent Sinaloans but it's a tiny minority. There's more Chinese, Japanese, and Arab Sinaloans but, not doubt, the major influences are from Spain.

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    4. Seas mamon wei todos los arab decents y real foriegn decents estan en el df o gdl morelos yucatan etc en el sur,sinaloa son ur typical mestizo state.

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    5. You mean Russian I think. That's what I always heard on Reddit. El Ruso was the great grandson of a Communist who fought the Tsar etc etc.

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    6. 7:22 have you seen what el ruso looks like??lol there is nothing russian about that dude no finta de decendencia mucho menos ruso lol

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    7. 馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ Sinaloas have the lowest self steamin mexico, they are known as the mole poblanos in mexico, cause they are made up of so many chiles that they dont know what they are 馃槀馃槀馃槀

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    8. Yeah man, I was laughing about people on Reddit. BUT, now you mention it, if you look at the 3 photos from HEARSTS last article he could easily be Russian, in the same way that Barbie could. Without any preconceptions look at the photos and imagine the headline ''FSB operative charged with being a cunt and other crimes..''. I don't think you'd say Naaaah, that dude can't be Russian.

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  13. I grew up shooting at these dub asses they where kings and we where 26,his wife plastic Val as they called her was a money hungry bitch she was with rot in hell kkato there boy she’s nothing but a hood rat馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ

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    1. 4:36
      did they really call her plastic val? 馃ぃ

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    2. all yall hood rats

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  14. Their's a series of interviews of these guys on 50's podcast on spotify. They sound like a bunch of morons and are lucky they didn't get killed while hiding in sinaloa. They didn't understand what keeping a low profile meant. Soon after they went to Guadalajara and turned themselves in.

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  15. Im sure they are doing this to get the wives less jail time.

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  16. Just a plot to get their wifes released earlier. And the gringos fall for them. What news will they tell them? If there are professionals they already know how to play the game.

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    1. 9:06 exactly 馃挴
      Just a big show

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  17. Very smart guys... If you can't beatm... Join them

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  18. This shit is disgraceful

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  19. These guys ratted out Chapo. They better watch their backs from now on cried Sinaloa nuthuggers.
    These guys have nothing to worry about form what it seems like here!

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  20. Yeah baby. Making money from the police now. From criminal to entrepreneurs. Lol.

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  21. SMDH....This dude just snitching because it's fun....He a real rat addicted to the cheese I guess...

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  22. Stockholm syndrome..
    馃

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  23. The twins said they’re tired of Mexicans sending drugs up here poisoning the great society of America. So he’s taking his show on the road to an interrogation room near year. Selling sand to Arabs is what this guy is doing. Playing a very dangerous game just to get his wifey out early. He supposedly did all this snitching for his wife.

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  24. Clowns. like the drug traffickers use the same methods over the years come on sherlock use common sense.

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    1. You’d be surprised.

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    2. Chale. oh look there's a secret compartment with a Barbie doll and 10 baggies of fentanilo hidden inside. Hey that truck has a secret compartment under the hood containing 5kg of coke. Or look over there that semi is hiding 30 buckets of liquified meth labeled "Pig lard". Like come on... CBP has seen it all at this point. There's really nothing these ratas could teach LE that they haven't already seen.

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  25. Bb never reported on the dad being kidnapped and taken out!

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    1. You would be wrong. I've read for almost 10 years now, before going to Mexico. They definitely reported on it. Just because you didn't see it, doesn't make that facts.

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    2. Yeah, they did. It wasn't reported at the time because it was kept quiet, but I read it more than once on BB, they dealt with the fallout in detail as soon as it became known.

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  26. What a fucking shame on mexican americans. Stop snitching this aint mexico where ratting is cool.

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    1. 7:14 Mexico? You mean Sinaloa? Where ratting is not only cool but a must

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    2. It's cool in the US too.

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  27. @10:16 everyone rats stop pretending like your favorte team doesnt. Infact You would be the quickest to rat

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    1. 9:13 i have to admitt some chivas members do snitch, but thats soccer

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  28. Rats fuck these 馃悁. Mexicans love turning states evidence eh. What happened to Huevos

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    1. @11.12 You kids are so sweet. You'd never betray a man who knows the names and addresses of your entire family so he can threaten them if you lose him money? (Not talking about Chapo, just the average low-level boss who runs mules, the kind of low hanging fruit that leads investigators up the tree). You'd hang tough with those bags over your head and electrodes to your shrunken little plums, I bet. This snitch talk is like a thread with 5 year olds about Santa. Santa Claus, not Santa Muerte.

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  29. Times have changed morons! Snitching is acceptable and gay and women drug bosses is also acceptable now! Get over yourselves and your archaic ideas!

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    1. If it acceptable, then why they dont go to Mexico ?

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  30. Biggest ratas popularized ever out of Chicago

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  31. Think about it though...
    what they gonna teach LE that LE don't ALREADY know??
    The game evolves as time goes on. 2007 and 2023 is 16 years difference. A lot has changed since then.

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