El Chapo drugged and sexually assaulted girls as young as 13 and called them his 'vitamins': Court documents
Court filings show that Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman allegedly drugged and had sex with minors, and believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him 'life'
According to newly unsealed court filings, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman allegedly drugged and had sex with girls as young as 13 who he refered to as his "vitamins".
The New York Post reported that allegations against 61-year-old Guzman came out after disturbing documents related to the hearing were unsealed late Friday following a ruling from Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan after multiple outlets argued they should be made public.
The filing states that Guzman called the youngest of the girls his "vitamins" because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him life. “For approximately $5,000, the defendant or one of his associates could have the girl of his choice brought to one of the defendant’s ranches for sexual intercourse”, according to papers filed by the prosecutors. An associate of Guzman’s "would regularly send photographs of girls as young as thirteen years old to the defendant".
Alex Cifuentes, who's Guzman's former secretary, took to the stands to testify against his former boss over the course of his 11-week drug trafficking trial. Cifuentes, who is referred to as "CW1" in the documents, told prosecutors that he helped Guzman drug the girls before he and his boss proceeded to have sex with them.
Looking to bar the defense from exploring that line of questioning during their cross-examination of Cifuentes, the prosecutors filed documents which stated, "CW1 assisted the defendant in drugging the girls with whom the defendant intended to have sex by placing a powdery substance into their drinks at the defendant’s direction”.
According to court filings, former Sinaloan congresswoman, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, who was Guzman's mistress at the time, also accused Guzman of raping her and stood against him at the trial. The court papers read that the defendant raped a cooperating witness, thereafter beginning a romantic relationship with her and drawing her into his criminal enterprise.
Sanchez says that she met Guzman when she was 21 back in 2011, and Guzman staunchly denied the allegations against him. The charges against him were not taken up as Sanchez failed to previously mention the rape incident.
Guzman's defense team released a statement saying, "As you are aware, the government recently publicly filed documents containing extremely salacious information. Joaquin denies the allegations, which lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial".
The statement went on to say it is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations.
Guzman faces life behind bars if he's convicted at trial this Monday for his drug-trafficking ways.