- Margarito and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, were trafficking over 1.5 tons of drugs into the United States every month before their incarceration.
- Federal prosecutors have opposed the move.
- His life will be in danger once he leaves prison.
A drug dealer who once worked for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is seeking early release from prison due to coronavirus fears. Margarito Flores was once one of the top distributors in the United States for “El Chapo,” and his partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.
He and his twin brother, Pedro Flores, were trafficking over 1.5 tons of drugs into the United States every month before their incarceration. They offered to snitch, and provide evidence against “El Chapo,” in exchange for reduced sentences. Flores is due to be released in November.
The federal prosecution has countered the request, and pointed out that the two brothers failed to disclose their entire gains from the drugs trade. The two generated over $1.8 billion in drug proceeds. Federal agencies have only ever been able to recover $4 million of this money.
The two provided audio evidence against the jailed kingpin. They also set up a meeting with the drug lord and his henchmen that was monitored by US authorities. The fact that they snitched on the world’s most notorious drug trafficker puts their lives at risk. The two will immediately be in the Sinaloa Cartel’s crosshairs once they leave prison.
Just recently, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, aka “Chino Antrax,” a high ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was found dead in Sinaloa Mexico after escaping from the US while on parole. He had already served six years for drug trafficking offenses. Chino was an enforcer for the Sinaloa Cartel before being arrested in Amsterdam while traveling on a fake passport.
His body was found duct-taped and beside his sister’s and brother-in-law’s bodies in a BMW, just two weeks after his disappearance. The murders are likely to have been orchestrated by the Sinaloa Cartel, which has grown increasingly wary of members coming from the United States who are likely to have turned federal informants. The organization has become more violent in recent years.
Just recently, an anonymous caller claiming to be a member of the syndicate threatened to blow up Reforma newspaper offices because of the publisher’s negative coverage of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The warning read in part as follows:
“This is serious: you’re now overstepping the line. Your company posted a video denigrating, almost mocking the president of the republic. That’s why we’re making this call because what you are doing has already overstepped the line.”
AMLO rebuked the threat and said that a difference in views should never escalate to violence. There have also been reports of the Sinaloa Cartel enforcing curfews in the State of Sinaloa, where it is based. The general public has received warnings of being fined if found roaming outside designated hours.