May 31, 2017 Crime , OPINION/NEWS , South America


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Ricardo Swire


Organized crime and drug cartels are cultures widely known for adrenaline rush and machismo. Subtly women are in charge of accounting, major trafficking operations and micro-cartel extensions.

Ultra-modern criminal organizations immerse women, from low level currency changers to high ranking assassins, in the intense narco trafficking world, the 56 year old Guatemalan crime boss “La Patrona” showcased on America’s Treasury Department Kingpin List.

In March 2015 she was formally sentenced to 94 years in jail for murder, kidnapping and running a criminal organization. After two years incarcerated, on May 11, 2017, the former Mayoral candidate escaped from Guatemala’s military detention center. On the morning of May 25, 2017 members of El Salvador’s National Civil Police (PNC) recaptured the ignoble Guatemalan fugitive, in Ahuachapán El Salvador on the border with Guatemala.

Evidence indicates several women started underworld careers as money launderers for the drug cartels. Reports identified “Chacon Rossell” as the woman who manages a sophisticated Guatemalan drug trafficking and money laundering organization, with cells in Honduras and Panama. Thousands of kilos of cocaine are transshipped via Guatemala to Mexico, onward to America monthly. She then personally launders the proceeds.

Another Queenpin called “La Pantera” or The Panther, is boss of a money laundering network that cleaned US$120 million in three years. La Pantera used nine money exchanges to transfer narco-traffickers’ profit to accounts in America and Mexico. “La Tosca,” Mexico’s deadliest female assassin, is beauty intertwined with honed killing skills. She earned US$1,500 fortnightly as a Los Zeta’s section chief.

La Tosca managed fourteen Los Zetas’ drug stations in Monterrey, the nation’s ninth largest city. The Queenpin’s underlings robbed, kidnapped and murdered. La Tosca’s team was credited with the ambush and murder of a Mexican Federal Police detective. The assassins used a stolen Sub Urban Vehicle (SUV) to block the road along the detective’s routine travel route. Several nine millimeter shell casings were recovered from the scene near his corpse.

Another popular and deadly female is “La Guera Loca” or The Crazy Blond, Gulf Cartel’s (CDG) main “sicaria” or female killer. La Guera Loca features in a brutal cartel execution online video. The digital upload shows her using a machete to behead a rival Los Zetas member. Other female drug cartel commanders originate from powerful narco-trade families and inherit status and special contacts.

Mexico’s “La Jefa” or “The Boss” was born part of Arellano Felix Organization (AFO), better known as the Tijuana Cartel, which she eventually controlled. Educated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounts, La Jefa was a monetarist for top level drug traffickers. She also oversaw Tijuana Cartel’s money laundering and financial administration.

Patterns reflect some women romanced “made” drug lords to attain positions. “La Reina Del Pacifico” or Queen of The Pacific used beauty, sex appeal and charisma to woo powerful Colombian narco-trafficker “El Tigre,” a Norte Del Valle cartel senior representative. She also bamboozled “El Mayo,” a Sinaloa Cartel top operator. Another female who made notable criminal inroads is a Colombian former beauty queen, lingerie model and ringleader of an urbane drug syndicate.

Queen of The Pacific’s narco business directly rivaled ex-fiancé “The Monster,” a Mexican drug lord. The Colombian recruited models as drug mules and paid them US$5,000per trip. Her couriers transported cocaine packages from Argentina to England via Cancun. Mexican Federal Police intercepted the Colombian drug boss and seven colleagues, while driving in Jalisco state Mexico. They transported US$53,000 cash, two AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, three pistols, six hundred and thirty-three assorted cartridges and sixteen mobile phones.

The infamous Bolivian crime figure “Queen of Cocaine” was another female of dominance on the narco scene. Consequently a victim of treachery that shadows greed and power. The Queen of Cocaine used personal connections in Colombia and America to dispense cocaine for Bolivia’ ex-Minister of The Interior. Intelligence reports verified the Colonel assigned Queen of Cocaine as distributor of the government’s confiscated cocaine, instead of “piling it up in bank vaults and letting it rot.”

Rival local male Narcos considered Queen of Cocaine’s ascension to Bolivia’s highest drug trafficking ranks extremely offensive. Agreeing to a conspiracy they double crossed the 69 year old Queenpin in a high-value deal with Colombian “Mejiathen.” Faced with limited safety options she became a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant. For her cooperation Queen of Cocaine received a reduced jail sentence and residency in America’s federal witness protection program.

“La Emperatriz” or The Empress is an underworld female proficient with numbers in business. She successfully used twenty-three co-conspirators and nineteen companies that included a toy factory, real estate agency and restaurant in Mexico, Los Angeles and San Diego California respectively, to clean money for “El Mayo” on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel. The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control listed La Emperatriz as the key Sinaloa Cartel money launderer.

“La Flaca” or Skinny was the first female to attain a Los Zetas cartel leadership position. Promoted to “Plaza Boss” she managed all Los Zetas’ drugs traffic transiting San Nicholas de los Garza town in Monterrey, Mexico’s third largest city. After a year as Plaza Boss the former decorated Mexican Federal Police officer’s dark side was exposed by an undercover operation. Multi-agency counter-narcotics agents intercepted the Los Zetas’ Plaza Boss, traveling in a stolen car with one hundred cocaine parcels, fifty bags of crack, two marijuana packages and an illegal thirty-eight Special revolver.

According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Mexican female crime-lord Enedina A. Felix (EAF) is the drug world’s most powerful woman. Profilers noted she maximized a combination of book smarts and physical attraction to conduct devious tasks. After EAF’s ascension to Boss of a thriving Tijuana drug cartel she participated in America’s most brutal cross border turf wars.





Ricardo Swire - Tuck Magazine

Ricardo Swire

Ricardo Swire is the Principal Consultant at R-L-H Security Consultants & Business Support Services and writes on a number of important issues.


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