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Ex-Colombia drugist “Chupeta” testifies against Mexico's “El Chapo”

Filfoto taken in 2007 shows the famous Colombian drug giant Juan Carlos Ramirez-Abadia arriving at a federal police station after…

NEW YORK – It may have been one of the rare times when two of the world’s leading alleged drug heroes were in the same room without a mega-kilo drug deal going down.

Juan Carlos Ramírez-Abadía, a former leader of the Colombian Norte Valle Cocaine Cartel, testified on Tuesday for charges against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, an alleged leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

Due to testimony, it may have been a memorable afternoon for the Chupeta – Ramirez-Abadia nickname meaning “lollipop” – and El Chapo, meaning “shorty”.

Ramírez-Abadía testified that his organization used Guzmán’s activity to smuggle tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico and the United States

Referring to a meeting in Mexico in the early 1990s, he said that the two met an agreement there The Colombia cartel would fly its cocaine to Mexico, and Guzman’s group would smuggle it to major US cities.

Ramírez-Abadíasaid agreed that Guzmán’s request for the cleanest drug product was possible because he wanted “a reputation for me for my cocaine to be so good”.

The Colombian witness was captured in Brazil in 2007 despite repeated plastic operations that radically changed its appearance. Federal investigators in the United States confirmed their identity using voice recognition technology, a defense attorney said at that time.

Ramírez-Abadía allegedly conspired to manufacture and distribute cocaine for export to the United States in a federal court in Brooklyn 2007 Hearing after being handed out from Brazil.

The highest accusation in an appeal in 2004 accused Ramírez-Abadía and alleged composers of exporting more than 500,000 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $ 10 billion “from Colombia to Mexico and ultimately to the United States.”

Court record in The case shows that he was not required to attend a conference in April 2018, which is partly based on unprotected personal health problems. US District Director Brian Cogan, who also presides over Guzmán’s trial, ordered printout of the session sealed because the disclosure could endanger Ramírez-Abadia’s security.

Other charges and evidence in Guzmán’s trial have stated that he agreed to give the Colombian cocaine partners the deal in a 55% ownership to 45% in cocaine trade.

Guzmán certainly claimed the gain for himself by buying jets that could fly cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and the United States border, where the drugs were smuggled through secret tunnels.

Guzmán has allegedly guilty. His trial ended his third week with testimony on Thursday.

Contributing: Associated Press

Follow US Former Reporter Kevin McCoy on Twitter: @kmccoynyc

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