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Chicago drug trafficker testifies against El Chapo at trial

December 18, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Chicago drug trafficker who did business with the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo is testifying against him.

Pedro Flores told a federal jury on Tuesday that he and his twin brother met face to face with Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) at a mountainside hideaway in Mexico in 2005. He says Guzman hired them to distribute hundreds of thousands of kilos of cocaine in Chicago, New York, Detroit and other U.S. cities.

The Flores brothers made millions of dollars in their partnership with the Sinaloa drug cartel in the 2000s before agreeing to become key government cooperators.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to drug dealing, murder conspiracy and other charges and is on trial in New York. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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