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Prosecutors: Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” uploaded torture videos of victims to YouTube

April 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors: Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” uploaded torture videos of victims to YouTube Photo: DEA

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Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as “El Chapo” and his associates allegedly posted YouTube videos showing the torture of their ­rivals — whom he demanded be taken to him “bound and helpless,” according to prosecutors who are asking to present the disturbing footage at his upcoming trial.

In court documents filed this week, Brooklyn federal prosecutors depicted “El Chapo” as a cold and calculating drug lord who used deadly measures to protect his the Sinaloa drug cartel, the New York Post reported.

Guzman would order his “sic­arios” and “pistoleros” — who are hit men — to “locate, kidnap, torture and interrogate” alleged members of rival gangs and record the brutality.

“At the defendant’s orders, his sicarios kidnapped rivals and brought them to him, bound and helpless, and the defendant personally interrogated the rivals,” they stated.

“When they did not kill rivals in shootouts, they abducted and interrogated them to garner intelligence about their activities. The defendant ordered most of the rivals killed and their bodies disposed of.”

In 2006, Chapo’s followers brought him two members of the Los Zetas cartel. After eating lunch, he questioned them and then had them beaten and shot in the head.

“The defendant ordered his workers to dig a hole, throw the bodies in, and light the bodies on fire.”

One of the horrific interrogations on YouTube involved rival Israel Rincon Martinez, who was targeted for murdering the son of one of Chapo’s partners.

In the 2010 video, Rincon is bound and bruised before he was killed.

Prosecutors also want jurors to view a video from 1993 showing authorities confiscating seven tons of cocaine in Tecate, Mexico, along with seizures of heroin and cocaine in Queens and New Jersey.

Guzman is charged in a 17-count federal indictment with running a murderous transnational criminal enterprise. His trial is slated to begin on September 5th.

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