Jurors at El Chapo trial hear him on intercepted phone calls

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo have heard recordings of his phone calls intercepted after the FBI hacked his cartel’s encrypted communications system.

An FBI agent testified on Tuesday that authorities captured dozens of calls of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) with the help of a turncoat technician.

Prosecutors in federal court in Brooklyn played recordings of Guzman chatting with underlings about needing to buy ammunition for guns and bribing police officers.

In one 2011 call, Guzman could be heard scolding his chief enforcer for bragging about roughing up crooked cops who got in the way. He said in the future to “just reprimand them, don’t beat them.”

Guzman’s lawyers say he’s being framed by cooperators who are the real culprits in a vast drug conspiracy.

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