The Latest: Testimony: El Chapo witness involved in killings

The Latest: Testimony: El Chapo witness involved in killings
CORRECTS LAST OF ATTORNEY TO BALAREZO FROM BALAZERO - During his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Feels, left, gestures to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, sitting next to his attorney Eduardo Balarezo, at Brooklyn Federal Court, as Guzman's high-security trial got underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (all times local):

3 p.m.

A government witness has admitted he was involved in carrying out killings for the Sinaloa cartel during his testimony against the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.”

Jesus Zambada told a jury at the U.S. drug-trafficking trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (wah-KEEN’ ehl CHAH’-poh gooz-MAHN’) Thursday he was never a triggerman for the cartel. But he testified he helped locate targets and relay information to assassins three times.

The witness, who has pleaded guilty, also described surviving an attempt on his own life that resulted in a shootout on a Mexico City street.

The testimony about violent turf wars came on the third day of the trial in a tightly secured New York City courthouse where Guzman’s lawyers say he’s being framed by cooperators.

Guzman is perhaps best known for his daring prison breaks in Mexico.


11:40 a.m.

A former Mexican cartel member is testifying for the U.S. government at the New York City trial of the notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (wah-KEEN’ ehl CHAH’-poh gooz-MAHN’).

Jesus Zambada detailed on Thursday how the Sinaloa cartel paid bribes, preferably in U.S. dollars, to high-ranking police and other officials to protect its drug operation.

He said that in one instance, Guzman directed him to give ,000 and a hug to a general.

On Wednesday, Zambada identified Guzman in the courtroom and told jurors he “was one of the most powerful drug traffickers in Mexico.”

The witness described how the cartel made massive profits by smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States.

Defense lawyers say Guzman is being framed.