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El Chapo watchers take note:
There is now an argument brewing in court papers over whether a pending witness, Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian from a sprawling drug trafficking family, will be able to testify about how his older brother, Pacho, bribed a DEA agent and worked w/the CIA.
Almost no evidence about corrupt American officials has been allowed at the trial.
Alex's information is allegedly second-hand but if it gets in, it would be the first time the jury heard that US law enforcement and intelligence operatives were complicit in the drug trade.
The govt weighed in last night on the fast-approaching issue of whether Alex Cifuentes (a Colombian trafficker who lived w/Chapo on the run in the mountains) should be able to testify about his brother allegedly bribing a DEA agent w/a box of cash--and about working w/the CIA.
Prosecutors say Alex never really knew what was in the box or if its recipient was actually a DEA agent. They accused the defense of trying "to confuse the issue and invite the jury to make unwarranted & unsupported assumptions about U.S. law enforcement."
They called Alex's contemplated testimony about his brother buying planes from the CIA and working w/the agency "rumored but unsubstantiated." The brother, Pacho, had supposedly worked as a pilot for the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar...
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