The brutal murder of Javier Valdez, 50, in 2017, a specialist in drug trafficking issues and internationally recognized, was ordered by the sons of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzman, who is being tried in a court in New York.
A witness who passed through the court on Wednesday said it was the children of the Mexican drug lord who killed the journalist because he insisted on publishing an interview with drug trafficker Dámaso Lopez Nunez, known as “Licenciado” or “Lic,” against his will. On Wednesday, Lic himself at the trial of Chapo in New York.
Valdez “disobeyed the threatening orders of my compadre’s children and that’s why they killed him,” said Licenciado at the court, a few meters from Chapo. Valdez, a specialist in drug trafficking, co-founder of the weekly newspaper of Riodoce de Sinaloa (northwest) and collaborator of the AFP, was shot dead in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on May 15, 2017.
According to the version of the protected witness, he coincided in a party, in the south of Sinaloa, with “El Quillo” and “El Koala”. There they told him that they had executed the crime because the people of the Eldorado community, a territory controlled by the drug trafficker Dámaso López Núñez, was upset by what was published by Valdez.
“He was outside the facilities of Ríodoce, He was attacked with bullets,” a prosecutor’s source told AFP. The death of Valdez, 50, joins the reporters murdered in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries to practice this profession. Valdez, a contributor to the AFP for more than 10 years, was one of the most reputable journalists in his state.
Throughout his nearly three decades of career, he actively reported on the Sinaloa cartel and the outcome of its founder, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, currently incarcerated in the United States.
In 2016 he published the book “Narcoperiodismo, the press in the midst of crime and denunciation”. He previously wrote several other research titles on organized crime.
In his last months of life, Valdez reported on the struggle of two internal groups that fought to gain control of the Sinaloa cartel, one of the most powerful in the world.
After the capture and extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, his sons, Iván Archivaldo and Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, and his second in command, Dámaso López Núñez, began to dispute lead and territories.
In the middle of that struggle, Valdez was murdered and the payment allegedly received by his executioners was a pistol with the image of Damaso in the door.