Alex Cifuentes, a close associate of drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and a witness in his trial, claimed that Guzman paid a $100 million bribe to Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012. Cifuentes added that he told authorities about the bribe in 2016. Reporters shared that Nieto is accused of initially asking for $250 million, but settling on $100 million.
Mr. Peña Nieto has denied any allegations of corruption, and El Chapo's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, denies that he was the real leader of the cartel. Lichtman claims that Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada is the real leader of the Sinaloa cartel, adding that he got away with not being prosecuted by paying off the Mexican government.