Ex-prison official details second career as El Chapo fixer

January 22, 2019 - 4:29 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A corrupt former prison official says he was recruited by the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo to help run his cartel.

Damaso Lopez Nunez testified on Tuesday at the U.S. trial of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN' gooz-MAHN') and described how the then-inmate bribed him at a lockup in Jalisco. Lopez said he had quit the job by the time Guzman escaped the prison in 2011.

He testified that Guzman later offered him a job with the Sinaloa cartel. He said his duties included collecting confidential information from dirty public officials.

The jury also heard on Tuesday from one of Guzman's love interests about how their romance ruined her political career. The defendant's wife listened to the testimony while wearing a burgundy-colored blazer that matched one sported by her husband.

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