Boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has been linked to a reputed druglord who made calls from a car phone registered under the welterweight's name, according to court transcripts reported by the New York Daily News.
The report also says Camacho, the World Boxing Organization's junior welterweight champion, once employed a man whom authorities say served as the dealer's personal bodyguard.
The flamboyant boxer's sister, Racquel, testified Thursday that Camacho had ties with Ricardo Melendez, who is being tried in a drug racketeering case in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges of running a $120 million-a-year heroin ring between 1985 and 1989.
Racquel Camacho, who dated Melendez two years ago, said Melendez gave her money to buy an $80,000 Mercedes-Benz car he registered in her name. Under cross-examination from defense attorneys, the woman said that the mobile phone in the car was listed under her brother's name.
She also discussed in court Camacho's close relationship with Eduardo "Panama" Hamilton, a codefendant in the case whom authorities say acted as Melendez's personal bodyguard.
She said Hamilton was a bodyguard for her brother and helped him train for several championship fights. She testified her brother spent $8,000 Melendez had given her at a 1988 Christmas Eve party.
"I took the money," the boxer told the News from his home in Puerto Rico. "I support my family. I give my sister $200 to $300 a week."
Camacho told the News he knew Melendez as the man who was dating his sister. He said he went to the Christmas party and became angry when Melendez made fun of his clothes.