By Brendan Pierson
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Accused Mexican drug duke Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was meddlesome in directing a film about his life story as early as 2007, long before his obvious assembly with U.S. actor Sean Penn and Mexican singer Kate Del Castillo in 2015, jurors in Guzman’s U.S. hearing listened on Monday.
Alex Cifuentes, Guzman’s self-described one-time “right palm man,” pronounced he schooled about a designed film plan while vital with Guzman in the plateau of his boss’ home state of Sinaloa from 2007 to 2009.
Colombian-born Cifuentes is one of about a dozen witnesses who have so distant testified opposite Guzman after distinguished deals with U.S. prosecutors, in a hearing that has supposing a window into the sly universe of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most absolute drug trafficking organization.
On hearing in sovereign justice in Brooklyn since November, Guzman, 61, was extradited to the United States in 2017 to face charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the nation as personality of the cartel.
The purported kingpin’s china shade dreams first flush after Penn wrote a story for Rolling Stone repository in 2016 about roving with Del Castillo to accommodate Guzman at a timberland hideout, not long after Guzman had transient from a Mexican jail through a tunnel.
Del Castillo, who once played a drug trafficker in a obvious Mexican TV soap, suggested shortly after the essay was published that the assembly came about because Guzman’s lawyers had reached out to her about a probable movie.
When Guzman was eventually recaptured in 2016, Mexico’s then-Attorney General Arely Gomez pronounced his hit with “actresses and producers” was an “important aspect that helped locate him.”
Cifuentes’ possess mother first urged Guzman to make a biopic around 2007, Cifuentes pronounced on Monday. Cifuentes pronounced Guzman hired a Colombian writer and designed a book tie-in, and the plan got as distant as a breeze that was shown to his lawyers.
In his testimony, Cifuentes also offering jurors a glance of Guzman’s life as a refugee in the mountains. On a standard day, Cifuentes said, Guzman got up at noon, perceived messages from his personal secretary and then made calls while strolling underneath the trees.
Cifuentes pronounced that Guzman systematic him to kill the cartel’s communications expert, Christian Rodriguez, after training that he was auxiliary with the FBI.
Cifuentes pronounced he was incompetent to lane down Rodriguez, who now lives in the United States and testified at the hearing last week, because he did not know his last name.
(Reporting by Brendan Pierson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)