At El Chapo Trial, the ‘Lollipop’ Flaunts 150 Cartel Murders—and Scary Plastic Surgery Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía claim to fame, he told jurors on Monday: He was the primary supplier to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo. In his second day as a government witness at Mr. Guzmán’s drug conspiracy trial in Federal District Courtin Brooklyn, Mr. Ramírez detailed his 17-year bond with the defendant, describing it as the central partnership in one of modern history’s most profitable narco-operations. Known as Chupeta — Spanish slang for Lollipop — Mr. Ramírez presented himself on the stand as a man consumed with the minutiae of his business, recalling how he never failed to debrief his pilots after every run and reviewed each line of the scrupulous accounting ledgers he maintained. Proud to the point of arrogance, he seldom used the word “cocaine” without reminding those in the courtroom that it was his cocaine. Mr. Ramírez was also deeply fixated on his personal security. Early in his career, he said, after he was arrested in Colombia, he not only bribed officials to let him out of prison, but also paid them to erase every trace of his existence from government records. Before he was arrested again, in 2007 in Brazil, he altered his entire face with several plastic surgeries. His new mien — narrowed eyes, sharpened chin and severely angled cheekbones — gave him the appearance of a vampire. Last week, in his first day as a witness in the trial, Mr. Ramírez told the jury that he first met Mr. Guzmán in 1990 in the lobby of a Mexico City hotel. A newcomer to the drug scene, the defendant, Mr. Ramírez recalled, offered to smuggle 4,000 kilograms of cocaine (“My cocaine,” he said) to Los Angeles from Mexico for 40 percent of the shipment. That was slightly more than the 37 percent that most Mexican traffickers charged, Mr. Ramírez said. But Mr. Guzmán won him over with a brash, convincing pitch. “He said, ‘I’m a lot faster,’” Mr. Ramírez recalled. “‘Try me and you’ll see.’” Thus began a fruitful and enduring alliance that lasted nearly 20 years and led to almost 400 tons of Colombian cocaine being moved to Mexico and shipped across the border into the United States, Mr. Ramirez testified. At its peak, Mr. Ramirez aka "The Lollipop"s operation in Columbia was sending 12 to 14 planes a night to Mexico. For his part in the smuggling chain, El Chapo is said to have made an estimated $640 million. On the stand, Chupeto described corruption on a massive scale that allowed him to do business, including a $500,000 contribution to the campaign of the eventual Colombian president Ernesto Samper, and DEA agents he supplied with prostitutes, gifts and apartments. At one point, he said his influence stretched so deep into the Colombian system, he was able to make every record of his existence disappear, right down to his fingerprints. When, in 1996, he pretended to cooperate with the Colombian government and turned himself in, he was sentenced to 24 years, but only served four years and two months. “Because of corruption, I had complete control of the prison,” he said. But it was Chupeto’s track record as a mass murderer that had the courtroom in Brooklyn riveted this week. Over the course of his career, Chupeto ordered at least a 150 murders—a body count higher than Dahmer, Bundy and Gacy’s combined—and he casually took responsibility for all of them as attorneys listed payments documented in ledgers to his sicarios, or hitmen, for assassinations. With his surgically altered face all but emotionless, Chupeta spoke clearly and calmly, repeatedly saying “correcto,” as he was asked about each order. Among the killings discussed were two female Colombian government agents who were executed on a highway for taking action against the cartel, a drunkard attorney who had allegedly spread information, seven or eight people who attempted to kidnap his son, a woman in charge of running a stash house in the United States who was skimming, and at least one man Chupeta admitted to killing himself, with a bullet to the face. He is in the witness protection program in the U.S. prison where he resides, according to his testimony and a sidebar conversation last week. The Colombian government seized $1 billion from him upon his 2007 arrest in Brazil. He forfeited another $1.2 million to the U.S. In 2004, after 22,500 kilos of his cocaine was seized on ships by the United States, Chupeto fled to Brazil, where he was eventually found and captured in 2007. He had to forfeit $1 billion, plus a collection of homes, expensive art, watches and a yacht. But even after confessing to ordering at least 150 murders and trafficking billions of dollars worth of narcotics over two decades, he’s never faced more than 30 years in prison. In fact, because of the terms of his extradition to the United States, where he’s been a guest of our federal prison system since 2008, he may serve even less. He’s hoping his cooperation will get that term bumped down to 25 years, 10 of which he’s already served.