The drug trafficker Joaquín Chapo Guzmán and his lover and partner Agustina Cabanillas Acosta, aka the “Fiera”, planned to install a company in Ecuador in 2012 to hide their illicit drug export activities, as revealed this Wednesday in the trial that follows the capo in New York (United States).
In a surprising story, Guzmán’s former communications officer, the former Colombian engineering student Christian Rodriguez, 32, told the jury how since 2008 he helped him set up a large secure communications system and also spyware on some 50 phones that the drug lord gave his relatives.
Thanks to the espionage installed by Rodriguez, who lives in the United States with a new identity as a protected witness, El Chapo read daily on his own computer the emails and text messages of these people, he listened to their calls, he knew where they were.
He also “called a person to his extension, they talked, he hung up and then he called for another line to open the microphone (of the spied phone) and listen to what they said about him”, said the technician, whom Chapo called to Colombia “almost every day “to talk about espionage.
The volume was so large that Chapo commissioned an employee, Benjamin, to follow up the matter and summarize it.
It was the use of these “special phones,” as Chapo himself called them that helped the FBI collect mountains of evidence against them.
In text messages intercepted by the FBI on these phones, read to the jury, El Chapo, 61, talks about his drug business with Cabanillas.
La Fiera also received several special telephones from the Chapo, and crossed in them compromising messages about the purchase of chemicals in China and Germany, or the creation of a citrus company in Ecuador, with the goal of exporting drugs to “Europe, Canada, Australia and also to the United States. ” Or the purchase of some 700 tons of cocaine in Belize with a purity of 95-97%.
El Chapo and his lover, who was arrested in Los Cabos, are called “love” in the messages. “I adore you,” the capo writes. “You are the most important person for me”. But when writing to a friend, La Fiera says that El Chapo is an “idiot”.
“I do not trust these BlackBerries that he gives me here, because the bastard can locate me,” La Fiera tells her friend. “I’m much more alive than him.”
El Chapo, considered one of the greatest leaders of the Mexican cartel in Sinaloa and accused of trafficking more than 155 tons of cocaine to the United States, was extradited almost two years ago after two spectacular escapes from Mexican prisons.
Rodriguez was never charged, and could even receive a reward of up to five million dollars for information that led to the capture of another narco chief, Jorge Cifuentes, who also installed his communications system. (I)