“La Reina del Pacifico” Sandra Ávila Beltrán was one of the most important drug trafficking leaders in Mexico. After serving his sentence, this is how he is seen in public
She wears her lipstick intact, black hair, and a bikini attached to dizzy curves. Now she is simply Sandra Ávila Beltrán, but in the eighties, she was the only woman among the founders of the drug empire in Mexico.
Known throughout the world as the Queen of the Pacific, for years she was persecuted by the Mexican authorities and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) more than for her power – which was never legally demonstrated – for her almost genetic knowledge since she is the niece of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the Godfather and his life passed in the shadow of bosses such as Rafael Caro Quintero, Beltrán Leyva, Ismael Zambada García, el Mayo and Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán himself.
Ávila Beltrán was imprisoned for five years. In 2012, she was extradited to the United States on charges of importing and distributing drugs; Although the charges assured him a life sentence, it was diluted after negotiations with the authorities and after pleading guilty. In 2013 he returned to Mexico but it was until 2015 when he crossed the threshold of jail.
Three years later, the defunct Attorney General’s Office, today the FGR, notified that one of the lands in dispute located in Hermosillo, Sonora, would be returned to it. The site had been seized in 2011 when the Queen was facing money laundering charges.
Life after prison. Sandra Ávila Beltrán, the Queen of the Pacific. (Photo: Special)
From 2016 to 2018 Ávila Beltrán recovered 10 million pesos in jewelry, three houses located in Mexico City, and two vehicles that were insured in 2002.
Today, that gray-haired woman who was released from prison has been far behind. Many say that being valued only for her physique was not easy, compared to what she is. “Her character was continually humiliated and reduced to her appearance,” they say.
Life of a queen
Through the life of the Queen runs a trail of death. The oldest of his brothers was murdered in Tijuana, Baja California. Her first husband, José Luis Fuentes, was shot. Her second husband, Rodolfo López, had no better luck. He was stabbed to death in a hospital where he was recovering from a stomach infection.
The Queen of the Pacific wanted to be a journalist
Unlike other women who are usually only the partners of drug traffickers, the authorities classify her as the head of the underworld in Mexico. Her nickname has been immortalized in narcocorrido and tv series.
The Queen of the Pacific was born in Mexicali, Baja California in 1960. Her parents, María Luisa Beltrán Félix, and Alfonso Ávila Quintero, founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, opened the door to her in the world of drug trafficking: they revealed financial movements and negotiations with criminal organizations.
Ávila Beltrán, about whom a myth of stories has been woven, wanted to be a journalist. At the age of 18, he enrolled in the Communication Sciences school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, which at the time, at the beginning of the 1980s, had only recently been opened.
Her life has not been a fairy tale: the government sacrificed her for her genetics and drug trafficking destroyed her with the death of the people she loves.
She wears long red nails, heels of more than 10 centimeters, intact lipstick, and dresses adhering to curves that make you dizzy. She is Isabella Bautista, the name that the Netflix producers have decided to give – for a question of rights – to Sandra Ávila Beltrán, known around the world as the Queen of the Pacific. The only woman among the founders of the drug empire in Mexico, the great public relations of the narco, raised in the codes of a world controlled by tough, ruthless men, with a history that has elevated her to legend and that revives in Narcos Mexico through the Oaxacan actress Teresa Ruiz (Santiago Matatlán, 1988). The platform has already announced a second season.
Ruiz plays a young Sandra in the early days of the business. Playing the Queen of the Pacific, valued only for her physique, was not easy for her, “with what she was,” says the actress. Her character is continually humiliated and reduced to her appearance: “Take her to Colombia. Colombians love a round ass,” they say about her at one point in the series. Ruiz acknowledges having identified so much with his character that he stopped talking to Diego Luna (who plays the capo Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo) during the filming breaks.