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The Department of Justice of the United States requested Friday, February 7, from the Sinaloa leader Dámaso López Núñez, alias “El Licenciado”, testify during the trial of Genaro García Luna, former head of the Mexican Ministry of Public Security (SSP), during the Government of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.
In addition, the prosecutors in Washington and Virginia recommended that the Court of the Eastern District of Virginia reclassify the life sentence of López Núñez for drug trafficking, which is at least 15 years in prison.
However, Judge Thomas Ellis III requested a period of four to six months to analyze the merits of the reclassification of sentence and evaluate with the prosecutors themselves the relevance of “El Lic”” participating in favor of the US Government, “In other trials in the future.”
The hearing of López Núñez, which lasted more than three hours, was held behind closed doors in the Alexandria Division of the Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, at the request of both prosecutors, due to the “sensitivity” of the data that were to be discussed.
In addition, the documents that support the request for reclassification of sentence and detailing the way in which “El Lic” collaborated with the US authorities, were also sealed, so they will be classified until a new court order to the contrary.
According to people present inside the federal court room, the US government stated that “El Lic” is a model inmate, whose collaboration was “key” and “reliable”, not only to successfully prosecute Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo” – his former partner and compadre – but “to open new lines of investigation” around the activities of the Sinaloa Cartel.
“El Lic” was one of the main witnesses in the trial against Guzmán Loera, who became a lieutenant, right hand and successor in the structure of the Sinaloa Cartel. At the end of November 2018, and after an agreement between the Prosecutor and defense, López Núñez was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to cocaine trafficking.
The Prosecutor’s request for a sentence reduction for “El Lic” points out that cooperation with the US Government would have concluded satisfactorily with the information obtained and, therefore, would ask for a lower sentence for the Sinaloa kingpin.
According to the newspaper El Universal, the whereabouts of “El Lic” is unknown, since the search engine for prisoners of the Federal Penitentiary Bureau (BPO), assigns a registration number ( 92429-083), says that “he is not in his custody”.
Chivis Note: BOP inmate search will not reveal if inmate is in Marshal custody or Protected Witness.