In the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, notorious Mexican drug lord, witnessed former lover Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 29, a former local politician of the State of Sinaloa. At the New York jury, the woman stated that over time, they began to mix business with pleasure and, as he pointed out, this caused her a few problems.
"Until today I was a bit confused because I thought we had a romantic relationship," he said at the beginning of the testimony, before he began to sob, to the point where he needed a break to recompose himself. Then he continued: "Sometimes I loved him and sometimes not." Guzman's wife, Emma Corone Aispuro, present in the audience did not seem to follow the testimony with a particular involvement.
Sanchez, once nicknamed "Chapodiputada" (Chapo deputy) by the local media, said he started the relationship with Guzman, married since 2011, when Coronel was pregnant with twins. The trouble started when Guzman wrote to Sanchez to buy marijuana for him, with instructions to prepare 400 kilograms to put on every plane used for transportation.
Prosecutors showed to the jury the intercepted messages in which they were called "love" while organizing the best way to smuggle drugs, even if some of Guzman's messages seemed more threatening. Sanchez recalled how sometimes he was kind to Guzman for "not thinking he would report him. I feared he could hurt me. "
The romance began to come to life in late 2012 but "looked like it would never end," said Sanchez, and when in 2014 Guzman invited her to one of her safe houses in Cilican in Sinaloa, he went immediately.
Previously, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (Dea) described how on February 16, 2014, Guzman managed to evade the chase against him by entering through a trapdoor in a dark and damp tunnel; the United States authorities reported that at that moment along with El Capho there was Sanchez.
On that occasion Sanchez spent the night with his mistress, while on the outside there were a series of suspicious movements and an assistant from Guzman shouted: "They are upon us". Guzman then took her to a bathroom, where the tub was raised with a hydraulic mechanism and slipped into a fortified hatch leading to the tunnel. From there they arrived in one of the most remote parts of the city and fled. When asked how long it took her to walk the tunnel, Sanchez replied: "Long enough to be traumatized."
Victor Vasquez, of the Goddess, was present at the time of his arrest and testified about how the Marines were incredulous of having been able to capture one of Mexico's most wanted offenders. Sanchez was arrested by the US authorities in San Diego, California, in 2017, after the discovery that she helped recycle money and drugs for the Sinaloa cartel. He admitted that he had plotted to work with the prosecutors and reduce the sentence.