The base of the U.S. government’s case against Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a collection of 272 audio tapes, including secretly recorded conversations with his most trusted associates from Chicago.
The operatives are the twin Flores brothers. Margarito and Pedro, who are enrolled in the witness protection and expected to offer essential testimony for the U.S. government, ABC7 reported.
Guzman, the head of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, was extradited to the U.S. three months ago. U.S. federal prosecutors have been building a case against him based on his words.
The Flores brothers managed to record 272 recordings, which are considered the most damaging for Guzman.
Court documents indicate that on one recording from 2008, Guzman asked Pedro Flores: “How much can you get rid of in a month?” in which he is referring to cocaine.
Pedro Flores responded: “If you want … if they are the same, around 40 [kilo shipments].”
Guzman replied: “That’s good. Has anyone else sent you? Because this guy said that they were going to send you.”
Pedro Flores answered: “Yes, what they sent was not good. It doesn’t compare to what you have.”
Since arriving at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York, Guzman has not been comfortable in his skin as he sounded while he was racking in billions of dollars while operating the Sinaloa cartel, a criminal cartel that authorities said provides 80% of the street drugs in Chicago and across the United States.
The new court records reveal that the drug lord is angry that he is unable to watch a TV screen while he works out for an hour each day on a stationary bike in prison.
Guzman’s lawyers have filed a written complaint that the only screen is located behind the bike, which forces him to choose between standing to watch TV or working out and listening to it.
The kingpin is equally upset that the TV only plays a single movie and a nature show about a rhinoceros, depending on what prison staff chooses for him to watch.
Guzman’s legal team has arranged for him to get six small bottles of water every two weeks as regular prisoners are allowed, but they continue to ask that he be transferred from solitary confinement, claiming that the conditions are too harsh.
Also, his lawyers are lobbying for the human rights organization Amnesty International to make a judgment about how Guzman is being treated.