Photo: Sandra Avila Beltran
Sandra Avila Beltran, alias “the Queen of the Pacific,” allegedly Mexico’s most famous woman drug trafficker, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges Friday by a federal judge in Mexico City due to a lack of evidence.
In September 2007, Sandra Avila Beltran was arrested for her activity in the Sinaloa Cartel. Avila Beltran was accused of having worked to move Cocaine from Columbia to Mexico.
Alvira Beltrans lover and partner, Colombian capo, Juan Diego Espinoza, alias “The Tiger, was also absolved of any drug smuggling charges. They were both charged with trafficking up to 10 tons of cocaine, seized by Mexican authorities aboard a ship off the coast of Manzanillo in 2001.
But Avila Beltran won’t be leaving prison in Mexico City. The United States government has an order for her extradition on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Meanwhile, “The Tiger,” Sandra Avila’s old flame is in Florida serving six years as a protected witness, on charges linked to the cocaine shipment.
Avila Beltran grew up among drug traffickers in the state of Sinaloa and “the godfather” of Mexican drug trafficking, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, is her uncle. The Queen of the Pacific is reputed to have attended lavish parties at the hideouts of famous Mexican drug lords. She has inspired narco ballads, like “Reina de Reinas” by the Tigres del Norte, which says, “the more beautiful the rose, more dangerous the thorn.” Avila Beltran lived a glamorous life surrounded by only the best that money could buy.
At the time of her arrest, she told authorities she was a housewife who made money from selling clothes and real estate.
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