Saturday, December 29, 2018

El Chapo Trial - Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia

Among those who have testified against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the face of former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia stands out. Ramirez, known as "Chupeta," or lollipop, is notorious for having multiple plastic surgeries to alter his face to evade authorities.

The pair worked together for nearly 18 years. Ramirez's associates would grow and process cocaine and fly it to Mexico. Then, Guzman's cartel smuggled the drugs into the US.
Ramirez believes his North Valley Cartel moved some 400,000 kilos of cocaine into the US.
It could take other traffickers a month or more to move drugs from Mexico into the US -- the first shipment El Chapo trafficked for him took less than a week.

For this El Chapo's cut was 40% of the shipment's value, up from the usual 37%. Corruption in Ramirez's cartel, like Guzman's, involved murder. Ramirez admitted to ordering the killing of about 150 people.