A star witness took the stand with some startling revelations about the Narco Kingpin.
El Chapo is alleged to have operated with an innumerable bankroll at the height of his Narco-career. The latest inference of his wealth and power comes to us in the wake of Alex Cifuentes's grandstand testimony. El Chapo's former "right-hand man" alleges that he provided former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with over $100 million in bribe money.
The report was researched and published by Alan Feuer of the New York Times, of which is included a frame by frame account of the in-court questioning. "Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” asked Jeffrey Lichtman, one of El Chapo's lawyers with Mr. Cifuentes queued up for his cross-examination. "Yes," he responds, plain and simple.
According to Feuer, this isn't the first time Cifuentes broached the subject of a $100 million purse. Back in 2016, Cifuentes had the Peña's purse at an estimated $250 million before narrowing it down the total current total. As startling as it may seem, Cifuentes' incrimination of an elected Mexican official actually lends itself to El Chapo's chance of acquittal. His boss' attorney Jeffery Lichtman won the race for his testimony, in fear the prosecution might entice him to become a turncoat. Cifuentes worked with El Chapo between 2007 and 2013 when the latter was hiding out in the Sierra Madre mountains with indictments-a-plenty on the horizon.