AN ex-mistress of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has openly admitted that she moved drugs for her ex and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s bit on the side, Lucero Sánchez López, tearfully told jurors the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker.
Testifying in the trial against her former flame, she confessed to shifting hundreds of kilos of marijuana a time on planes.
But, visibly showing distress,the 29-year-old claimed: “Until today I was confused because I thought it was a romantic relationship.”
Alleged drug lord Guzman faced trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges and has been on trial since November.
Ms Sanchez Lopez told the jury she met Guzman when she was 21 as she gave an emotional account of her relationship with him, saying she at times feared for her safety.
She said: “I didn’t want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me.
“I was confused about my own feelings over him. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.”
She described how he sent her to Mexico’s “Golden Triangle” — a fertile drug-producing region that includes part of Sinaloa — to buy marijuana and send it back to him on planes.
Sanchez said the relationship frayed in late 2012 but she continued to see Guzman occasionally.
Until today I was confused because I thought it was a romantic relationship
Lucero Sánchez López
Sanchez said she was with him in February 2014 when a team of Mexican marines stormed his safe house in Culiacan in the middle of the night.
Guzman, she said, led her into the master bathroom, where the bathtub lifted to reveal wooden steps leading underground.
She said: “It was very dark and I was very scared,.”
Then she followed Guzman, who was completely naked, through a tunnel leading away from the house, feeling water against her legs.
When a prosecutor asked her how long she was there, she guessed more than an hour — “enough to traumatise me”.
Sanchez’ testimony followed an account of the same escape from the perspective of a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent working with the marines who stormed the safe house.
Though Guzman escaped from the house, jurors heard he was captured several days later in a beachfront hotel in nearby Mazatlan.
Guzman would go on to escape from a Mexican prison the following year, before being recaptured in 2016.