Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman allegedly raped a woman and had sex with girls as young as 13 years old — referring to his underage victims as his “vitamins,” according to newly unsealed court filings.
Guzman, 61, allegedly had sex “on multiple occasions,” with girls as young as 13-years-old, according to the disturbing documents, unsealed late Friday following a ruling from Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan, after multiple outlets argued they should be made public.
“The defendant called the youngest of the girls his ‘vitamins’ because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him ‘life,’ ” states the filing.
An associate of Guzman’s “would regularly send photographs of girls as young as thirteen years old to the defendant,” per the papers filed by prosecutors.
“For approximately $5,000, the defendant or one of his associates could have the girl of his choice brought to one of the defendant’s ranches for sexual intercourse,” the documents read.
The allegations come from Guzman’s former secretary, Alex Cifuentes, who took the stand against his onetime boss over the course of his 11-week drug trafficking trial.
Cifuentes, who is referred to CW1 in the documents, claimed to prosecutors that he too had sex with the girls, and helped Guzman drug them.
“CW1 assisted the defendant in drugging the girls with whom the defendant intended to have sex by placing a powdery substance into their drinks at the defendant’s direction,” read the papers, which were filed by prosecutors looking to bar the defense from exploring that line of questioning during their cross-examination of Cifuentes.
In the documents, Guzman is also accused of raping his mistress, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a former Sinaloan congresswoman who testified against him at trial.
“The defendant raped a cooperating witness, thereafter beginning a romantic relationship with her and drawing her into his criminal enterprise,” read the court papers.
Sanchez testified at trial she met Guzman around 2011 when she was 21, and began working for him. She did not mention the alleged rape. Guzman vehemently denied the allegations, for which he has never been charged.
“As you are aware, the government recently publicly filed documents containing extremely salacious information,” says a statement from his defense team. “Joaquin denies the allegations, which lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial. It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations.”
Deliberations in his drug trafficking trial are scheduled to begin Monday. If convicted, Guzman faces up to life behind bars.
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