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El Chapo jury hears testimony from another cartel cohort

January 3, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican drug trafficker who once claimed he was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration is testifying at the U.S. trial of the notorious kingpin known as El Chapo.

Vicente Zambada is the latest cooperator to take the witness stand against Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) at the trial in federal court in Brooklyn. He testified Thursday about the violence and greed that accompanied Guzman’s rise to power in the Sinaloa cartel.

Zambada is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, another top leader in the cartel, who is still at large. After he was arrested in 2009, his lawyers claimed he had been promised immunity because of his work for the DEA.

Prosecutors denied there was such a deal, and Zambada ended up pleading guilty to drug-trafficking charges.

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