The “Fantasy Mansion” had luxurious stone finishes and some walls had carved wooden statues representing different types of animals. Photo: cgnauta
Harold Mauricio Poveda Ortega, alias El Conejo, a Colombian drug trafficker who appeared in the trial against Genaro García Luna, former Secretary of Public Security, wept before the jury when he recalled the raid they carried out on him at his home in Desierto de los Leones, a residence known as The Fantasy Mansion.
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El Conejo, one of the largest suppliers of cocaine to the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, appeared at the trial to reveal information about the ties the Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers had.
During his participation on the bench of the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Brooklyn, New York, USA, the prosecutor handling the case presented a video of an operation carried out by the Federal Police in the mansion of the drug trafficker located in the Desierto de los Leones , where he celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday at dawn on October 22, 2008.
Harold Mauricio Poveda Ortega, known as El Conejo, was considered the Beltrán Leyva’s largest supplier of cocaine.
Poveda Ortega, who was a liaison for the Norte del Valle Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel, told the jury that this house was very beautiful and that he had made it to his liking, noting that the press named it as The Mansion of Fantasy . The drug dealer explained that they were very happy when the lady who works in the house told him that there were many police officers outside, so he had to run away.
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According to journalists who were inside the trial, the US authorities presented a recording that shows the different cats that El Conejo had inside the mansion: two African lions, two black panthers, a hippopotamus, a white tiger and another albino, in addition to a chimpanzee and other exotic animals.
The Rabbit had inside the mansion: two African lions, two black panthers, a hippopotamus, a white tiger and another albino, as well as a chimpanzee and other exotic animals. Photo: cgnauta
The Fantasy Mansion had luxurious stone finishes and on some walls there were carved wooden statues representing different types of animals. The house had a suspension bridge, a private sauna in the shape of a cave, and even a replica of a medieval knight.
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The recording, which lasts just over 3 minutes, also shows the exotic cages in which the animals were kept in the house located in the town of Santa Rosa Xochiac, in the Álvaro Obregón mayor’s office.
Poveda Ortega assured that the raid against him was orchestrated by Jesús Reynaldo Zambada, alias El Rey, brother of Ismael El Mayo Zambada, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, who years before had helped him leave and then enter the country.
The drug trafficker recalled that after his capture he called Arturo Beltrán Leyva who assured him that El Rey was behind his arrest, for which, according to what he said, they planned revenge against El Mayo’s brother. Days later the capture of Jesús Reynaldo Zambada was announced.
Reynaldo Zambada García, alias “The King. He was one of the main leaders of the Pacific Cartel.
Poveda Ortega assured during the trial that his function was to negotiate the purchase and delivery of shipments, managing to introduce around two tons of cocaine into Mexico every month, which was transferred by the Beltrán Leyva organization to the United States.
The Colombian drug trafficker used speedboats and submarines to transport the drug through the Pacific Ocean, with destinations on the coasts of the states of Chiapas and Guerrero, for which he became the main collaborator of El Barbas after introducing more than 20 tons a year .
The trial against Genaro García Luna is being held in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Brooklyn, New York, USA. Photo: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
However, El Conejo recalled that Arturo Beltrán Leyva got angry with him after the Colombian trafficker won 15 million dollars for a shipment that entered Acapulco, which is why El Barbas, who was not his friend at the time, He ordered him to be killed, but El Mayo ordered his brother to take care of him and take him out of the country.
Harold Mauricio reported that upon his return to Colombia, El Rey took him to the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) where he was guarded by police officers who treated him well, since there was no need to go through security filters. He pointed out that after his return to Mexico, and with the help of El Mayo, he managed to form a close bond with Arturo Beltrán Leyva, to the point of describing the relationship as “father and son.”
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