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Author Name: Christina Sterbenz
Margarito and Pedro Flores Testimony
From 1998 to 2008, two twin brothers distributed thousands of pounds of cocaine across Chicago and other major US cities. In 2013, the cartel supplied 80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine flooding the streets of Chicago, according to the DEA. On many occasions, the brothers collaborated with the cartel, which used a wide array of creative methods for transporting cocaine and money from Central America into the US. They once even passed the operation off as a humanitarian aid project. On behalf of the cartel leader, Alfredo helped them transport cocaine from Colombia to Mexico in airplanes, submarines, and trains. The Flores brothers soon agreed to establish legitimate shipping companies with Alfredo and his wife, which gave them a simpler method for transporting cocaine to the US. The brothers didn't want to run the businesses, but they invested $600,000 in startup money and agreed to pay $1,000 for every kilogram moved by train. Once the cocaine arrived, the Flores brothers maintained several warehouse and "Stash houses" in Chicago and other cities. REUTERS/Henry RomeroJoaquin "Shorty" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City on Feb. 22.Alfredo also gave the brothers access to cocaine transported in 747s and submarines by El Chapo and other members of the Sinaloa cartel, like Ismael Zambada-Garcia, known as "El Mayo" or "Mayo Zambada." After landing at Mexico City International Airport, El Chapo's paid contacts unloaded the cocaine and transported it out of the airport.

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