Who was Carlos Hank González, the politician named in “Narcos México 3”

Carlos Hank González appears in season 3 of the show, played by Manuel Uriza. Photo: Narcos / Netflix.

The renowned member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Carlos Hank González appears in the third installment of the series Narcos Mexico marked by his alleged involvement in scandals of political life public in Mexico.

The acclaimed Netflix series Narcos Mexico has reached your third season and with it brings new relevant characters to the history of the country such as Hank González, former governor of the State of Mexico, who is played by Manuel Uriza (Too Old to Die Young, 2019).

In this dramatization of the history of the war on drugs in Mexico, the businessman and politician Hank González is shown in a close relationship with the drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes “The Lord of the Skies” (Jose Maria Yazpik), after capturing Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, played in the series by Diego Luna.

Carlos Hank González was an active member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Photo: Pedro Valtierra / Cuartoscuro

Carlos Hank González he was a teacher and entrepreneur that thanks to his influences came to govern in the State of Mexico from the years 1969 to 1975. He actively participated as member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and for 1999 he sought the presidency of the country, which was prevented by the laws of that time.

At that time, a requirement to run as a candidate for president was, in addition to being Mexican and living in the territory, having Mexican parents as well. However, Hank González had German ancestry, hence his foreign surname.

However, he collaborated closely with the former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, serving as Secretary of Tourism during the six-year term of this character.

He was also appointed head of the Federal District Department (DDF) by José Lopez Portillo. His time at the DDF is mainly remembered for his works on the highway system, the continuation of the Metro works and the completion of the Central de Abasto in Mexico City.

The Netflix series has been around the world and ranked number 1 in the top 10 in Mexico. Photos: Narcos / Netflix.

In addition to his work at the service of the nation, he had questionable activities, because as well as has been pointed out in the series, he is known for being the leader of the so-called Atlacomulco Group, an organization that integrated various PRI members of the State of Mexico.

For critics of the businessman and politician, Carlos Hank González represented the “old style of Mexican politics and the corruption for the benefit of the government, as well as the theft of elections and the purchase of votes ”, according to an article by the US network PBS.

Later, in 1999, the newspaper The Washington Post revealed a report by the United States National Center for Drug Intelligence, in which the Hank Group, owned by the businessman, was clisted as a “criminal threat” for the American Union.

It is for the above reasons that he was strongly targeted in this Netflix production.

Hank González was a close friend and servant of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, in the photo he is also seen with Luis Donaldo Colosio. PHOTO: Tomás Martínez / ARCHIVO CUARTOSCURO.

On the other hand, in his antecedents of public life, we find that his career began as a rural teacher, hence his nickname “The Professor”.

He was also part of the Political Council of the National Executive Committee of the PRI since 1997, in addition to being a member of the Board of Grupo Financiero Interacciones.

He was a very popular figure in the various organs of the PRI, such as the National Confederation of Popular Organizations and delegate of said party in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatán.

This latest installment of Netflix features the participation of Luis Gerardo Méndez, the Mexican actor and Bad Bunny, the reggaeton player from Puerto Rico. (Photo: Netflix)

As we can see, he had a very relevant political career for those times in which the unfavorable context of the country always dotted the political life.

According to the article by The Washington Post, Hank group, headed by the politician, of course, had some power among several North American banks, investment companies and in some casinos of that nation, which they helped launder drug money as well as for drug trafficking.

Hank González passed away on August 11, 2001.

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