María Consuelo Loera, mother of “Chapo” Guzmán and grandmother of the “Chapitos” dies

(AFP) María Consuelo Loera, the mother of imprisoned Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán, died this Sunday at the age of 95 due to health complications after an operationreported those close to the family and local media.

The death occurred in a private hospital in Culiacánthe capital of the state of Sinaloa (northwest) – headquarters of the powerful drug cartel founded by her son – 20 days after having undergone surgery on her gallbladder, according to the same sources.

One of his most notable public appearances occurred in March 2020 when he met President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was on tour in Sinaloa and approached Loera to greet his car, which generated controversy and criticism of the president.

López Obrador defended his gesture as a humanitarian act before an older woman who “deserves all my respect regardless of who her son is.”

“If I shake hands with white-collar criminals, how can I not shake hands with a lady! How am I going to leave my hand out to him! ”The leftist president then expressed, in one of his usual press conferences.

Loera’s approach to the president was to deliver a letter in which he requested his intercession to obtain a humanitarian visa and be able to visit his son in the United States, where he has been serving a life sentence since 2019 convicted of drug trafficking.

“El Chapo” Guzmán.

Despite her attempts, the old woman was unable to visit her son in prison. Instead, he learned of the persecution by US authorities of four of his grandchildren – who were in charge of the Sinaloa cartel and are known as the “Chapitos” – and of the arrest and extradition this year of one of them, Ovidio Guzmán. Lopez.

After his death, Loera was transferred to La Tuna, her hometown and the place where “Chapo” grew up, located in the municipality of Badiraguato, where he had a large house, according to his relatives.

In front of the house there is a Christian temple that was ordered to be built by her children, with the intention that the lady could actively practice her faith.

Loera’s devotion led her to frequently visit Culiacán to go to a temple in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood, a place known for being the birthplace of criminal bosses who lived between the years 1970 and 1990.

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