Borderland Beat: El Chapo Trial: Day 12 Rosero’s testimony

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

 Jury is a bit bored
The trial seems to be dragging with having the same
type of evidence being given repeatedly.

I think it is a mistake by the prosecution, you can’t present these
tedious explanations of transport and ledgers and who knows who and who kills
who and who is at war with whom, over and over without it becoming confusing
and mind-numbing.
  The result may be a
jury will
 tune out and then began
nodding off.

Judge Cogan has had to scold he jury for doing just
that.  No good.  Less is best. 
Yesterday I reported about Cogan being concerned
with respect to all the murder details in the cross examination of
Chupeta.  Cogan thought it was too much
and too many ‘bad acts’.
Defense attorney Purpura offered a good and
reasonable explanation

“Murder is an infamous act and infamous acts go
right to the heart of someone’s credibility. You can’t just gloss over it by
saying its 150.  There is nothing greater
[than] to show the character of an individual than the effect that they are willing
to order the execution of all these people.”

Purpura told the court he planned on the cross
examination to be about 10 murders and not 150. 
But he further explained that he planned to use an image of 150
persons.  Not the actual victims just a
representation of 150 persons off of google. 
The government  attorney, Ms Goldbarg,  objected to its use as being “overly

Today German Rosero aka Barbas  is continuing his testimony. He spoke about
bad cocaine, a 2002 meeting with Chapo in the sierras and the transfer of money
from Mexico to Colombia.
His first meeting with Chapo was at his home in the mountains,
near Culiacan.  He described a “country
home with palapas, which was not luxurious”. 
 It sounds like the home where a
video was made of Chapo under one of those palapas. [at left]
The problem was due to a 600 kilo shipment of
inferior quality cocaine .  The lesser quality was
due to a lack of an extra oxidization step necessary for the best quality
Rosero said they were able to work out a deal giving
Chapo a 500 dollar discount per kilo on the inferior cocaine.
Damaso Lopez Nuñez, aka “Lic” or “El Licenciado arranged
the next meeting in 2003.
the money to Colombia
Rosero testified to the method Chapo used to
transport money to Colombia. 
Rosero says that Chapo
owned a plane made of carbon fiber, which made it undetectable by radar.  That is what was used to transfer the money.
Rosero said large bills
were sent, first sending 500K to 1M, and subsequently the limit was raised to 5M.
Rosero regarding the
money traffickers, “We had control over these people. We knew where they lived,
and it was them who were responsible if something was lost.”
In all Rosero says he
met with Chapo 6 to 8 times. He was usually flown to ranches in the sierras, in
raggedy looking, ageing Cessnas, and landing on clandestine airstrips.  Those makeshift landing strips with precarious
short and steep runways found in the Mexican sierras.

Losing a shipment

Rosero explained how
once a load of 12,500 kilos was seized by the US Coast Guard. Rosero went to
visit Chapo at one of his ranches to give him the bad news.  Chapo remained calm and pragmatic;  “He told me we had to keep going,” Rosero
recollected. “We had to keep working.”

Respect and the War

The witness testified
that Chapo always was respectful towards him, and even asked to become a
godfather to one of Rosero’s children. 
Rosero said Chapo treated him well and “ it was an honor to have him as
a godfather.”
He said as time went by
Chapo withdrew deeper into the Sierras. And that Chapo was surrounded by more
men, who dressed in camo fatigues, something Chapo would do also at times.
In 2007, During the
time the conflict between Chapo and BLO, Rosero and his Colombian bosses were
on the run.  He did not want to be in the
middle of the war, so he quit.
“I didn’t want to
be in the middle of a war.”
Going into a conflict
was not a part of what he did, he was the business guy, not a narco warrior, He
went into hiding for two years.
Thinking he was under
indictment, after two years he traveled to Miami and he surrendered to the DEA,
but there were no charges against him.  Subsequently
the U.S. charged him after the fact and he has been a cooperative witness since

He has yet to serve a
single day in an American jail.

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