A key informant in the case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman testified in federal court on Tuesday, highlighting his meetings with the reputed cartel boss and the bloody drug war that drove him to cooperate with investigators.
Pedro Flores, who operated a cocaine and heroin distribution business with his twin brother Margarito in Chicago, said he made recordings, which included a conversation with Guzman’s son.
Flores described the first time he met Guzman, in Mexico in May 2005.
He and his brother hopped on a plane that could carry only four or five passengers.
The plane landed in the mountains on a runway that was on an upward incline, which made him nervous.
He soon became more nervous when on the drive to meet Guzman, he spotted a man, naked and chained on the side of the road, someone he presumed had run afoul of the cartel.