Prosecutors have detailed their evidence against Mexican drug lord , including that he uploaded torture videos to , personally executed rival gang members and even smuggled seven tons of cocaine in jalapeno cans.
The 90-page memo, filed on Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, laid out the brutal crimes El Chapo is accused of committing that were not detailed in his indictment, and which prosecutors want to present at his conspiracy trial in September.
It painted a picture of a calculating and violent man who insisted on personally overseeing the torture and interrogation of his rivals and orchestrated numerous murders, kidnappings and prison breaks.
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A 90-page memo, filed on Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, has laid out the brutal crimes El Chapo (pictured on January 19, 2017 while being extradited to the USA) is accused of committing that were not detailed in his indictment
The memo, produced by prosecutors acting on behalf of the US government, contains the following claims against Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman:
- He personally interrogated rivals, and executed at least one of them himself
- He ‘systematically’ kidnapped, tortured and murdered enemies of his empire
- He was involved in two acts of torture that were uploaded onto YouTube
- He ordered an attack on a nightclub in Puerto Vallarta that left six dead
- He oversaw two prison breakouts, the first in 2001 and the second in 2015.
As head of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo ordered his hitmen, known as sicarios, to kidnap rivals and present them to him ‘often bound and helpless’ so he could personally conduct interrogations, the memo states.
The document recounts one episode in 2006, when his men delivered to him two suspected members of the rival Las Zetas cartel, which was made up of former commandos in the Mexican Army.
Guzman insisted on first sitting down for lunch, then personally interrogated the captives in between beatings, before having them shot in the head.
Their bodies were then dumped in a freshly-dug hole, doused in petrol, and burnt.
‘After having lunch, the defendant interrogated them, had them beaten and then shot them both in the head with a long gun,’ the memo said.
Nine years later, Guzman was fighting another rival cartel, the Beltrán Leyva, when he received news that one of its top members, Israel Rincón Martínez, had been kidnapped, the memo states.
Rincón was moved between a series of properties owned by El Chapo where he was tortured and beaten – with the interrogation uploaded onto YouTube by one of the cartel’s members.
The memo described a calculating and violent man (pictured after being captured on January 8, 2016) who insisted on personally overseeing the torture of rivals
Despite the drug lord’s insistence Rincón be kept alive so he could conduct a personal interrogation, the captive was dead by the time he arrived, prosecutors say.
‘The defendant and his cartel made considerable efforts to locate Rincon, and their efforts intensified after Rincon attempted to kill one of the defendant’s sons, but instead mistakenly killed the son of one of the defendant’s allies,’ the memo said.
The document mentions another YouTube video showing Guzman pacing up and down as he interrogated a rival, which is expected to be shown to the jury during at his trial, set to begin on September 5.
It additionally alleges Guzman was behind an infamous gun battle at a disco in Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, that left six dead.
This saw 35 heavily armed men burst into the Christine disco, an exclusive nightstop popular with tourists, early on Sunday morning and open fire.
The attack was intended to eliminate members of the Arellano Felix cartel, but they managed to escape the bloodbath.
According to the memo: ‘The defendant led an attack on members of the Arellano Felix organization he learned would be at the club, which resulted in a gun battle that led to the deaths of six people.’
The drug lord is seen being escorted to a Mexican Army helicopter in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, on January 8, 2016 after he was captured following his first prison break
In this courtroom drawing, El Chapo, left, waves to someone during a court appearance as Assistant U.S.
Attorney Andrea Goldfarb, addresses the judge on February 18 in Brooklyn Federal Courthouse
The nightclub attack was just one of a series of atrocities which prosecutors say prove El Chapo’s guilt.
‘Starting in the 1980s, the defendant systematically kidnapped, assaulted, tortured and murdered individuals who threatened the success of his drug tracking activity,’ They wrote.
The document also cites news footage showing a 1993 seizure of 7.3 tons of buying cocaine in usa stashed in cans of jalapeno chili peppers in Tecate, California.
El Chapo’s attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, talks with the media after a hearing November 8, 2017 outside Brooklyn Federal Courthouse
Prosecutors – claims to have some 300,000 pages of documents and hundreds of satellite photos, emails, videos and intercepted calls proving El Chapo’s guilt – requested some witnesses be allowed to testify anonymously for their protection.
They also mention his daring prison breaks, the first of which took place from the Puente Grande prison, where he was confined under a 20-year sentence in 1993.
The facility was thought impossible to break out of, with two guards per convict and an advanced surveillance system.
But on January 19, 2001, El Chapo did just that, stowing away in a laundry cart with the help of corrupt guards.
He then spent more than a decade on the run before being recaptured in 2014 and confined to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary.
But to the intense embarrassment of the Mexican authorities, he escaped a second time – fleeing through a tunnel dug from the shower block to an abandoned house more than a mile away.
El Chapo in 2014 after being captured for the first time by Mexican security personnel working alongside American agents