It is said that Consuelo Loera had between 10 or 11 children from her marriage to Emilio Guzmán Bustillos. (Infobae)
María Consuelo Loera Pérez, mother of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, died at the age of 95 in a private hospital in Culiacán, Sinaloa. The cause of death, which occurred this Sunday, would have been due to health complications following gallbladder surgery performed 20 days earlier, according to those close to the family.
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The woman, also the grandmother of the drug traffickers known as the ‘Chapitos’, current leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, had been suffering from consequences since 2021 after falling ill with Covid-19.
Originally from Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Loera was publicly captured in March 2020 during a brief meeting with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, when the president went to the area to supervise the construction of the Badiraguato – Guadalupe y Calvo highway. , which generated controversy.
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The president defended his approach to Loera as a “humanitarian act” before a woman who “deserves all my respect regardless of who her son is,” he said at the time.
The president not only defended the meeting but also sought to support her in arranging for a humanitarian visa so that she and her daughters could go visit the drug trafficker in the United States.
María Consuelo Loera Pérez, mother of Chapo Guzmán, died in Culiacán. Photo: Cuartoscuro
Despite his efforts, Loera was unable to make his wish come true. However, she was aware of legal developments involving her grandchildren, known as the “Chapitos,” who assumed leadership roles in the Sinaloa Cartel following Guzmán’s imprisonment. This year she witnessed the arrest and extradition of Ovidio Guzmán López, one of the heirs of the criminal empire.
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After her death, María Consuelo Loera’s remains will be taken to La Tuna, her hometown and birthplace of her son Joaquín, located in the municipality of Badiraguato. There she had a large house, and in front of it, there is a Christian temple erected on the initiative of her children, reflecting the devotion of the matriarch.
Loera frequently visited Culiacán to attend religious ceremonies in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood, known for its history linked to prominent drug trafficking figures of past decades.
According to journalist Anabel Hernández, known for her investigations into drug trafficking and corruption in Mexico, she has pointed out on several occasions that El Chapo’s mother always lived under the impact and consequences of her son’s criminal acts.
As she narrated in her book Los Señores del Narco, Consuelo Loera Pérez was married to Emilio Guzmán Bustillos, an alcoholic man who, according to her, was unfaithful. In addition, she had to find her own means to feed her children because her partner spent everything on women. and vices.
His health condition had been delicate since last year. (Twitter)
María Antonieta Collins, a Univision reporter who managed to interview her at the luxurious ranch that “El Chapo” built for her in her native Badiraguato, confirmed that the woman was famous in the town for being hospitable, for curing people, even interceding for the ranch animals and for helping people whenever they needed it.
Consuelo Loera was always portrayed by the media as a maternal figure present in El Chapo’s life, despite his criminal career, she even visited him when he was locked up in Mexico. Although she offered very few interviews, on the rare occasions that she spoke to the media she always expressed her desire to see her son.
The mother of the famous Mexican drug trafficker, who at the time was the most wanted person by the United States government, gave birth to more than one child. According to Anabel Hernández, the woman would have had between 10 or 11 children from her marriage to Guzmán Bustillos, however, only information is known about seven of them.
Joaquín Guzmán Loera during his second arrest, carried out in 2014 Credit: AP
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, known worldwide as “El Chapo,” is a notorious figure in the world of drug trafficking. Born on April 4, 1957 in La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, this man forged a criminal empire as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking organizations in the world.
From a young age, Guzmán Loera entered the illicit drug business, rising through the ranks to control a vast trafficking network that included cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and heroin. His ability to evade authorities and his escape from high-security prisons in Mexico became part of the legend of him. He was arrested on several occasions, most famously in 1993, 2014 and finally in 2016 after his second spectacular escape.
His trial in the United States was widely covered by the media and was dubbed “the trial of the century.” In 2019, Guzmán was convicted of multiple charges, including leadership of a criminal enterprise, narcotics conspiracy, money laundering, and use of firearms. He was sentenced to life in prison and currently, at 66 years of age, is serving his sentence in the ADX Florence maximum security prison, located in Colorado.
The story of “El Chapo” has transcended the judicial and criminal sphere to become part of popular culture, inspiring series, books and songs. His figure is frequently the subject of studies on security and drug trafficking, as well as debates on the effectiveness of combating organized crime and its social repercussions.
Bernarda Guzmán, sister of El Chapo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Armida is one of the characters in the Loera family who has kept a low profile, to the extent that it is only known that she went to visit her brother “El Chapo” when he was locked up in the Altiplano before his extradition to the United States. .
For her part, Bernarda was one of the figures closest to Consuelo Loera. Her daughter was seen accompanying her in March 2016 to the Altiplano, who defended her brother, arguing that he did “social service” in Sinaloa, for which he was very loved. According to Anabel Hernández, in an interview she conducted with Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquín Guzmán, Bernarda was present.
El Mudo, younger brother of El Chapo. (Infobae)
The former financial operator of the Sinaloa Cartel, known as “El Mudo”, was released on April 29, 2017 after having completed his sentence for money laundering. Previously, in 2005, he had been arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on charges related to the deposit of more than 17 million pesos in bank accounts using loan sharks.
“El Mudo”, 34 years old at the time of his arrest, would have used the money derived from illicit activities to acquire real estate and vehicles, facilitating security and logistics operations for the aforementioned cartel. His release came after the escape and recapture of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and his extradition to the United States. Despite the spectacular circumstances surrounding El Chapo’s case, “El Mudo”’s release from prison occurred with a lower profile.
In 2022, Anabel Hernández revealed that relevant operators of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena) met with Aureliano and Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, “El Guano” and “El Mudo”, as well as with Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, one of the “Chapitos”. “, to ensure the governorship of Rubén Rocha Moya, current governor of Sinaloa, and some municipal presidencies in the entity.
]Aureliano Guzmán Loera, El Guano. Photo: FGR/Special
Aureliano Guzmán Loera, also known as “El Guano”, is another member of the Guzmán dynasty dedicated to the drug trafficking business. According to various reports, he has been involved in the cartel’s criminal activities, which would include drug trafficking and participation in confrontation with other criminal organizations.
“El Guano” has been identified as one of the main leaders of the criminal organization along with Ismael El Mayo Zambada and the “Chapitos” faction.
Described as meticulous and distant, he is even suspected of having eliminated his half-brother for leaks to the authorities that contributed to the capture of El Chapo.
In an interview with Miguel Ángel Vega, “El Guano” surprised with a gesture of affection towards his mother: “Being in front of him… made us feel that we were, without a doubt, in his hands,” Vega expressed about the tense atmosphere. . Since the definitive capture of “El Chapo” in 2016, Aureliano Guzmán Loera has become a target of the Drug Control Administration (DEA) while pulling the strings of drug trafficking in the mountains.
El Guano is at the head of the criminal structure established by his brother, facing the challenges of territorial control with other members of his family, including his nephews Iván Archivaldo, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, Joaquín Guzmán López and allies of the cartel such as Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. Despite his notoriety and power within the Sinaloa Cartel, the details of his life and the operational structure under his command remain largely in the shadows.
El Pollo was murdered in 2004. (Photo: Special)
Arturo Guzmán Loera, better known as “El Pollo” and brother of drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, was murdered on December 31, 2004 with shots from a 9-millimeter pistol in the maximum security prison of La Palma, in the State of Mexico.
Arturo Guzmán López, as was his full name, was serving time for crimes related to drug trafficking and had been a close collaborator of his brother El Chapo after his escape from the Puente Grande prison in 2001.
“Arturito,” as he was affectionately known, was in charge of caring for El Chapo Guzmán’s children while he served his sentence after being captured in 1993. After El Chapo’s escape in 2001, Arturo became part of his circle of critical advisors. However, he was arrested in August in Mexico City and accused of promoting the production and trafficking of cocaine and amphetamines to the United States, as well as the construction of a 60-meter drug trafficking tunnel on the border between Tijuana and San Ysidro. . Arturo’s arrest was interpreted as a significant setback for El Chapo, who had made headlines for his daring escape from Puente Grande.
The investigation by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR, today FGR) pointed to José Ramírez Villanueva as the person directly responsible for the homicide of “El Pollo.” Ramírez Villanueva, who had been in that prison since 2002 and was serving a sentence for other crimes, was sentenced to 42 years and three months in prison for homicide and illegal possession of weapons for the exclusive use of the army.
Arturo Guzmán had been segregated within the La Palma prison and organized a collective hunger strike, after which the authorities received an anonymous tip about a possible escape plan. Among the theories of the motive behind his murder, a potential order from Osiel Cárdenas, former leader of the Gulf Cartel, is suggested.
It is relevant to note that, concerned about the fate of his brother, El Chapo Guzmán considered an escape similar to his own to rescue Arturo from the prison, a plan that was never carried out.
There is no information about Consuelo Loera’s last son, Emiliano Guzmán Loera.