This Tuesday, Telemundo News presented the first part of an interview to Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who at some point was considered in drug dealer most important in Mexico.
In a wheelchair, deaf in one ear and blind in one eye, Félix Gallardo reappeared before the cameras after 32 years of being in the maximum security zone of the federal prison of Puente Grande, Jalisco.
“My health is terrible, my family is making a hole for me to be buried in a tree,” explained the founder of the Guadalajara Cartel to the international environment.
It should be noted that, given the poor hearing of Félix Gallardo, the Telemundo reporter, Now Osorio Ugalde, had to pass the written questions to him on a piece of paper.
Likewise, the excapo expressed not having a prognosis of life. “I lost everything. I lost my sensitivity, my ears, my eyes ”.
“I am a corpse which does not wait any more than to be buried in the root of a tree,” he added.
In addition, the so-called “Chief of Chiefs” carried with him a oxygen tank. “I have a serious pneumonia, very serious,” he added.
Finally, he commented on what has happened during so many years in prison. “I was severed from my stomach, they removed eight hernias, they deprived me of my sight, my ears and I cannot walk.”
Who is Miguel Ángel Félix?
Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, “The boss of bosses”, marked a before and after in the history of drug trafficking in Mexico.
Became the cocaine czar being the first to traffic her to United States; he inaugurated contacts with Colombian drug traffickers; designed and controlled the main drug trafficking routes in the country.
The policemen who detained him and who guarded him referred to him as a “gentleman” because of his treatment.
Born in 1946 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, also nicknamed “The Godfather” was in the defunct Federal Judicial Police when he was young, and later served as an escort for the children of the former governor of Sinaloa, Rodolfo Sánchez Celis, who governed the entity from 1963 to 1968.
He was the heir to the empire that the feared drug trafficker Pedro Avilés built with blood and fire. In the 70s and 80s, he reached the top as the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, changing the operation of drug trafficking, since before he broke into the criminal scene, only marijuana and poppies were transported to the neighboring country to the north.
He managed to forge alliances with the violent leader of the Medellín cartel, Pablo Escobar Gaviria and with the rich and famous Honduran criminal, Ramón Matta Ballesteros.
He is uncle of Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the “Queen of the Pacific”, she is also familiarly linked with the Arellano Felix brothers, founders of the Tijuana cartel, but so far he does not acknowledge any kinship with them.
While marijuana was controlled by Rafael Caro Quintero at one of the tips of the Golden triangle (Chihuahua), the other vertex corresponded to the heirs of Jaime Herrera Nevares; that is, to his seven brothers and four sisters; as well as all his grandchildren, now in charge of opium gum and heroin, in Durango.
The third point of the triangle was held by Miguel Ángel Félix, who at that time was already a partner of Pablo Escobar. The rapprochement between the two was by the Honduran drug trafficker Ramón Matta Ballesteros. The alliance was signed in 1984.
It was the times of Ronald Reagan in the United States and also the guerrilla effervescence in Central America. The beginnings of the expansion of cocaine in Mexico.
Time passed, for years the business went through the roof, until April 8, 1989 when Félix Gallardo was arrested in one of his residences in Guadalajara. With all the power in his hands for being the cocaine czar in Mexico he directed from prison, but when the first maximum security prison took office in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico, his reign ended.
After the fall of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero “El Narco de Narcos” and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo “Don Neto” they assumed leadership of the Guadalajara cartel. All under the same school as Pedro Avilés Pérez, the pioneer of drugs in the country.
There was also Héctor El Güero Palma, one of the closest to Félix Gallardo, and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán who began to gain notoriety in the 1980s.
Félix Gallardo felt betrayed when he found out that “El Güero” Palma was looking to start his own drug business; That was the trigger for the first break that gave rise to two cartels between 1989 and 1990, the Tijuana cartel of the Arellano Félix and the Sinaloa cartel led by Hector Palma, Joaquin Guzman Loera and joined by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Juan José Esparragoza “El Azul” and Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who left the Juarez cartel of Amado Carrillo Fuentes “El Señor de los Cielos”.
Caro Quintero, Fonseca Carrillo and Félix Gallardo went to prison for the kidnapping and murder of an agent of the give, Enrique Camarena Salazar and the pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
The way was left open for the newly formed Sinaloa cartel.
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