the Colombian drug trafficker Juan Carlos Ramírez, known by the alias “Chupeta”, said today that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was still controlling the Sinaloa Cartel business even after being arrested and sent to a high security prison in 1993.
In his second day of his testimony in the trial against Guzmán in New York, Ramirez said that once it was arrested in Guatemala and sent to the high security prison in Almoloya, now known as the Altiplano, the defendant remained “at the front” of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Ramirez knew this arrangement since a Mexican ship that had received their drugs on the high seas had been lost with 10 tons of cocaine because of a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean.
Guzman promised to pay the debt, of 42 million dollars for lost cocaine. Once locked up in prison, Guzman’s brother, Arturo, alias “El Pollo”, both brothers Hector and Arturo Beltrán Leyva took over that debt, which was finally paid.
Both the Beltrán Leyva and Arturo Guzmán Ramirez ensured that “everything was equal”, which he interpreted as that the defendant “remained with the cocaine business” through its partners, despite being in jail.
Between 1990 and 1996, when he was arrested in Colombia, Ramirez was able to send about 200 tons of cocaine to Mexico, and between 80 and 90 tons were directed specifically to Guzman.
About 90 percent of the cocaine was headed to New York, where it was sold between 20 thousand and 34 thousand dollars per kilogram. Guzman was paid 40 percent of shipments only by crossing the cocaine from Mexico into the United States.
Thus, Ramirez calculated that Guzman pocketed 32 million dollars just for the cocaine that he sent him as a leader of the Colombian Norte del Valle Cartel.
Depending on the version of the Colombian drug shipments were initially by aircraft, until in 1992 began shipments by boats in the Pacific Ocean, where a Mexican fishing boat was a Colombian shrimp vessel.
Those shipments involving higher bribes, said by Ramirez, who included the then Commander of the judicial police, Guillermo González Calderoni, among others.
The boatloads of cocaine were not exempt from problems. In addition to the boat lost in the hurricane with 10 tons of cocaine, Ramirez referred to a boat that a Mexican Captain sank for fear that it would be detected by authorities.
Ramirez was narrated that he sent a boat with 20 tons of cocaine to the drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes, but the captain began to consume cocaine, so “saw ghosts everywhere”, among them the United States authorities, and decided to sink the ship.
Carillo Fuentes accepted that in effect the boat had sunk and hired a group of professional divers who managed to rescue the shipment of cocaine after a year, said Ramirez.
Between 1993 and 1998, Ramirez said that he had sent to the Sinaloa Cartel more than 20 boats with 10 tons on average by each boat.