Witness Testified that Mexican Drug Lord, ‘El Chapo’, Bribed Former President Peña Nieto with $100-Million
Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman paid a $100 million bribe
to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012, according to
testimony given in a New York federal court on Tuesday.
The testimony was given by Colombian drug lord Alex Cifuentes Villa,
who said that Peña Nieto first contacted Guzman “about the time he was
elected president in late 2012, asking the drug lord for $250 million in
exchange for calling off a nationwide manhunt for him,” The New York Times reported.
Guzman paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” Guzman
attorney Jeffrey Lichtman asked Cifuentes during cross-examination.
“Yes,” Cifuentes answered.
Cifuentes claimed that Guzman responded to Nieto’s offer by making a $100 million counteroffer.
“The message was that Mr. Guzmán didn’t have to stay in hiding?” Lichtman asked.
“Yes,” Cifuentes responded, adding: “that very thing is what Joaquin said to me.”
admitted to multiple crimes in court, including being involved in a
murder plot in Canada, buying explosives from drug traffickers, paying
off a judge in Ecuador, and kidnapping an official.
Cifuentes testified that Guzman paid off multiple Mexican officials
and, on at least two occasions, “gave the Mexican military between $10
million and $12 million to launch operations to ‘either kill or capture’
associates of the Beltrán-Leyva brothers during his war with them.”
Times also notes that Cifuentes testified that Mexican police not only
allowed the cartel to traffic narcotics but that they also participated
in trafficking, selling the drugs themselves.
Nieto’s ties to Mexican drug cartels have been known for years, as he has been previously linked to the cartels.
investigation released in 2016 revealed that “a series of shell
companies had been used by members of the Juarez cartel to funnel funds
into Peña Nieto’s 2012 election,” Breitbart’s Border and Cartel team reported.
“The investigation was carried out by Mexican award winning journalist
Carmen Aristegui and her team; the subsequent scandal became known as
Monexgate for the cash cards that were given out during Peña Nieto’s
“In addition to receiving funds from cartel
operatives, Peña Nieto’s campaign was run by another politician who has
been singled out in international court hearings as a surrogate for Los
Zetas,” Journalists Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby continued in their
report. “Under Peña Nieto, Mexican cartels only grew in power as his
government appear[ed] to be unable or unwilling to stop the cartel
violence,” adding, “key cartel figures have been suspiciously released
from prison while his government officials claim[ed] to be improving
The Sinaloa Cartel, which Guzman ran, is the most prolific drug
trafficking organization in the world and controls the overwhelming
majority of the drug trade in the United States.