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NEW YORK – An alleged ex-lieutenant who has touched Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as a murderous boss of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel told a federal jury on Thursday that he would never testify to the man he had been listening for decades – and suggested that he could have consequences.
In a dramatic turnaround in Guzman’s federal trial, Miguel Ángel Martínez said he did not discuss the alleged drug lord after being arrested on drug charges in Mexico and spent time fighting for extradition to the United States for trial of similar claims.
“I never mentioned Mr. Guzmán then,” said through a Spanish interpretation, in a quiet federal courtroom. “I’ve never stolen from him, I never betrayed him. I looked over his family.”
“All I got from him was four attacks against me.”
Martínez, who had been under federal witness protection under 18 years of cooperation with federal prosecutors, began to wonder what could come from him if he testified against Guzmán. But Guzmán’s defense team invaded, and US District Director Brian Cogan abandoned Martinez’s testimony.
Martínez and Guzmán sat on opposite sides of the Brooklyn federal court building seemed to look silent at each other for testimony.
Cogan sent Martinez and lawyers for a lunch resignation, then instructed US Assistant Attorney General Michael Robotti to possibly return to the question later in attempt.  More: Trial for alleged drug artist “El Chapo & Guzman begins under strict security in Brooklyn
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Guzmán, 63, accused of sending Sinaloa Cartel, a violent criminal organization said prosecutors sent a lot of drugs to the United States.
He is commanded by 17 criminal bills including drug trafficking, conspiracy to murder rivals and money laundering. 19659008] He is being tried under heavy security in the federal court in Manhattan.
In witnesses that began Monday, Martinez said that Guzmán was his former boss and knocked him to lots of illegal drugs sent to the United States and millions of dollars in bribes for police protection.
Martínez testified that Guzmán negotiated an ownership and profit split with Colombian drug leaders who drew him to fly cocaine from secret South America aircraft to similar landings in Mexico.
The drugs were then smuggled across Mexico-US. the border with Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, said Martinez.
The defense has argued that Martínez and other cooperative government witnesses are liars who would say something in exchange for legal redress.
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