Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was a crazy killer who ordered the murder of a man who had refused to shake his hands at a meeting, a prosecution witness told jurors at Guzman’s United States trial on Monday.
According to the witness, the drug lord attended a meeting with Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes in 2014. Fuentes’ brother, Vicente Carrillo, Fuentes was in charge of the Juarez cartel at the time.
“When [Rodolfo] left, Chapo gave him his hand and said, ‘See you later, friend,’ and Rodolfo just left him standing there with his hand extended.”
An angry Guzman is said to have expressed his intentions to his right-hand man, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who happens to be the witness’ brother. Jesus Zambada recalled his sibling alerting him of the situation:
“‘Mi Compa Chapo is very upset.’ He said Chapo said he is going to kill him because he couldn’t take Rodolfo anymore.” A few weeks later, Rodolfo was shot and killed while leaving the movies.
“When he was coming out of the movies. He was coming out with his family, his wife and his children,” Jesus testified. “Rodolfo Carrillo died, his wife too, and (a judicial police) commander was seriously injured but survived afterward.”
Vicente allegedly had El Chapo’s little brother killed in prison after the attack, sparking the intense war between the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels.