The reincarnation of the Russian mafia helped the FBI to listen to Mexican Baron


Joaquin, Rusmanto: Eduardo Verdugo / AP

The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) wiretapped the telephone calls of Mexican drug Lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, in 2011. It is reported by The New York Times.

Guzman used a system of encrypted communication based on the technology of IP-telephony, which was developed by a Colombian professional Christian Rodriguez. As told the publication, an FBI agent undercover met with Rodriguez in February 2010, posing as a member of the Russian mafia, who allegedly was interested in the development of the Colombian.

After a few months the American intelligence services recruited Rodriguez: he gave them the encryption keys and moved the servers from Canada to the Netherlands, explaining that the drug dealer in the normal update. After that, from 2011 to 2012, agents intercepted and listened to about 200 calls El Chapo. During these, he discussed the details of transactions for the sale of large quantities of drugs, and bribery of police and officials.

At trial, the conversations have become the strongest evidence against a drug Lord. It is noted that the operation was the largest since surveillance for the American mafia boss John Gotti.

Guzman was the head of a major Mexican drug cartel “Sinaloa”. In 2017, he was extradited from Mexico to the United States. The trial against the drug Lord runs from November 2018, in the case of conviction Guzman faces life imprisonment in the maximum security prison.

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