“El Chapo” would have paid US$ 100 million bribe to President Peña Nieto

Peña Nieto
  • EFE

Alex Cifuentes lived with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán between 2007 and 2009 in the Sierra de Sinaloa, in addition to continuing to live with the drug trafficker until his arrest in 2013. Beyond his relationship in the sale of drugs and residency, this 50 years old Colombian served as a witness in the Mexican trial, stating that former President Enrique Peña Nieto received a bribe of 100 million dollars.

“Comadre María” is the name of the woman in charge of making the payment in Mexico City in favor of "El Chapo", which for the memory of Cifuentes is not very clear on its delivery date, but since 2016 has offered this information.

He also mentioned an alleged attempt to bribe the "General of the Nation" by 10 million in 2013, however it was rejected because of the alleged hatred he felt towards the defendant. Although they do not offer the name of this "General", Andrea Vélez Fernández, owner of a modeling agency in Mexico City, was the direct bridge to access the military.

This woman, friend and secretary of Cifuentes according to him, was in the crosshairs of "El Chapo" when not being successful in the negotiation, which caused that the head of the cartel of Sinaloa ordered her murder. Vélez received US $ 300,000 from the US government for expenses and services, once she started working with the FBI in 2012.

A few months ago, when the news of the bribe to Peña Nieto began to circulate, a spokesman for the former Mexican president said that this news was completely false, as well as this Wednesday, Francisco Guzmán, the head of the office of this politician, stressed that the news it’s not true.

"The statements of the Colombian drug trafficker in New York are false, defamatory and absurd, and the government of Enrique Peña Nieto was the one who located, detained and extradited Joaquín Guzmán Loera", the former official posted on Twitter.

During the start of the trial against “El Chapo” Guzmán on November 14, the defense of the capo has already accused Peña Nieto and the former Mexican president, Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), of receiving bribes from drug trafficker Ismael "Mayo" Zambada García, partner of “El Chapo”. Both former presidents denied these accusations.

“El Chapo”, extradited in January 2016 to United States and in maximum security since then, has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of drug trafficking, including maintaining a continuous criminal enterprise, carrying arms and money laundering, for which he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.


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