The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has taken a sharp turn as revelations of his obsessive spying on his beauty-queen wife and mistresses have surfaced.
FBI agent Stephen Marston took the stand and told the federal jury how authorities accessed the Sinaloa cartel leader’s text messages with his loves – and what they texted.
El Chapo’s paranoia about his wife led him to install Flexi-spy snoopware where he could monitor all aspects of his wife Emma Coronel’s phone, the New York Daily News reports . But the move backfired spectacularly when the FBI flipped his techie Cristian Rodriguez. It enabled it to subpoena Flexi-spy and obtain all of the text messages between El Chapo and his wife and paramours.
Most importantly, it enabled the FBI to listen to hundreds of phone calls that allegedly showed how El Chapo was running the cartel from his hideout in the mountains of Northwest Mexico.
But the phone calls between Guzman, 61, and his 29-year-old wife were the most titillating. They married in 2007. He refers to her as “mommy.” She called him “Mr. Joaquin,” “Papi” and “Don Joaquin.”
Their comments ranged from comments about their twin daughters to Guzman raving about his wife’s enchiladas, according to the New York Times.
She also sat without reaction as jurors heard how Chapo paid for the liposuction surgery of a mistress, telling her “You are the most important person to me. I love you.”
Some of the messages showed El Chapo and Coronel behaving like any other husband and wife, “cooing over how cute their twin daughters are and talking about Emma’s enchiladas,” New York Times reporter Alan Feuer tweeted .
The texts are mind-boggling.
One moment, the couple is cooing over how cute their twin daughters are and talking about Emma's enchiladas, the next their talking about whether Chapo's soldiers were slaughtered in a gunfight.
— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) January 9, 2019
Feuer’s reports indicate that El Chapo liked to intersperse talk of his narcotics trafficking business with his comments to his wife.
“Our [daughter] is fearless, I’m going to give her an AK-47 so she can hang with me,” El Chapo reportedly told his wife on his twin girls’ six-month birthday.
It shows a complicated life for one of the most notorious — and apparently neurotic — criminals in recent history.
More explosive details should be forthcoming as the trial continues.