In addition to their violent influence in the territories where they operate and being bloodthirsty, the Mexican leaders of the drug trafficking share your taste for LuxThe opulence and the extravagance that is reflected in their properties or “narcomansions”, which the government has managed over the years to guarantee to different capos of criminal groups.
Over the years, elements of the Armed Forces have taken over large mansions through organized crime leaders as the late Juarez Cartel boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes”the lord of the heavens“; to Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “the barbie”, member of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel; and José Antonio Yepez Ortiz”the brown”, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, just to name a few.
UNIVERSAL reports some of the most conspicuous properties of drug trafficking, some of which are worth mentioning, were drawn in raffles of the National Lottery, through the Institute for the Return of the Robbed to the People (INDEP), a body created by order of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2020.
It is worth mentioning that the opulence of drug trafficking is not limited to homes with gold-plated finishes and laminates, but that high-end vehicles and even exotic animals.
They guarantee four farms and residences of the “Michoacana Family” in Tlatlaya and Amatepec
The most recent example was documented this past weekend, as elements of the Forces Armada and the Mexico State Attorney’s Office sought and they secured two farms and two mansions in Tlatlaya and Amatepec with artificial lakes, luxury cars and exotic animals, owned by the Michoacana Family in Edomex.
EL UNIVERSAL reported yesterday that the properties allegedly used as refuge and places of recreation by criminal leaders, allegedly from the “Michoacana Family”. One of the properties, located in the community Port of Chickens from the municipality of Amatepec, has two artificial lakes; a 14-bedroom house and a collection of exotic animals.
In addition, another 3.5 hectare farm located in the community of Palmar Chicoalso in Amatepec with facilities for raising cattle and a ring for jaripeos.
One of two protected houses in the community of San Pedro Limón, in Tlatlaya, has an extension of two hectares, where there are swimming pools, kiosks and gardens; the other insured residence is on a three hectare plot with sports fields, swimming pool and stable.
The insured animals are 70 heads of cattle, 30 heads of goats, 40 farm birds, three horses and two peacocks; plus six vehicles, including two state-of-the-art vehicles such as a Yukon-type pickup and a Dodge Ram Laramie pickup; two Polaris RZRs; four quadricycles and a scooter, officials from the Mexican Public Ministry said.
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The house of “El Marro”, with tunnels and swimming pools
In March 2019, the luxurious residence of Huachicolero leader J.he went to Antonio Yepez Ortiz “El Marro” in Santa Rosa de Lima. The mansion has a swimming pool, palapas, palm trees on the beach and two statues of lions and tigers. In addition, security elements found two tigers in the building, one of them a cub, and evidence that “El Marro” used tunnels.
The luxurious house is located on a plot measuring 85 by 87 meters and perimeter fences three meters high, with barbed wire, protect it from the curious. The property has three doors, the main entrance, the garage and an emergency access camouflaged as a brick fence, overlooking the cultivated fields.
In the central part there is a two-level house, with orange fences, a glazed terrace and an independent door that is accessed from the garden.
‘El Marro’ was captured in August 2020 by mexican authoritieswas accused of leading one of the main cartels dedicated to huachicol (adulterated drink and also smuggling fuel) and for the crimes of extortion and kidnapping.
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El Paraíso, ranch by “La Barbie”
For more than a decade, the “El Paraíso” farm has served as the operations center for the cartel of Beltran Leyva in Morelos and was one of the favorite places of Édgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “La Barbie”.
Its luxurious facilities were used for parties of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. With an artificial lake, bar in the Greek Parthenon, bullring and zoo, stables and 2.5 hectares of privacy, the place was a feat in the eyes of the regulars of the farm located in the city of atlacholoayain Morelos.
Last year, the property was selected by INDEP to be drawn by the National Lottery, although prior to the decision to raffle off the ranch, the residents of Atlacholoaya tried to convert it into a school, but the federal government rejected it. It should be noted that “Paradise” can be explored on foot in more than two hours.
After the arrest of “La Barbie”, the ranch was looted in three stages: the first, by relatives of the Beltrán Leyva family, who, according to neighbors, took the most valuable objects; the second, by the same authorities, who are presumed to have been the ones who removed the animals from the zoo, and the third by the residents, who even took the wiring to obtain the copper.
The House of the “One Thousand and One Nights” by Amado Carrillo, “The Lord of the Skies”
Located in Hermosillo, in the state of Sonora, the arabic mansion It belonged to capo Amado Carrillo Fuentes. It was guaranteed in 1993 by the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico and demolished in 2020.
The drug traffickers’ palace was an unfinished property on 2,500 meters of land with 1,700 meters of construction. It featured huge bedrooms with walk-in closets made of cedar, as well as hot tubs surrounded by mirrors with silver finishes. In addition, it had a basement where there were storerooms and a underpass.
For many years, despite its massive fences, it was a den of vicious people. The building began to show deterioration and paint. And although in 2018 it had a sign for sale by a realtor, the property was eventually demolished. So far it is only known that the land has several owners.
“The Lord of Heaven” was the leader of the Juarez cartel. He died in 1997 during plastic surgery to modify his face. His nickname is due to the fact that he uses his fleet of planes to traffic cocaine.
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The Parthenon of “El Negro” Durazo
Although chief of police of the then Federal District during López Portillo’s six-year period (1976-1982), Arturo “The black“Durazo was not charged with drug trafficking, he was charged with smuggling, fraud, among other crimes.
He was arrested in Puerto Rico and extradited to Mexico to face charges of smuggling, fraud, Tax evasion and weapons stock.
One of his most famous real estate seizures was ‘the Parthenon‘, located in Zihuatanejo, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. With about 20,000 square meters, “it had a long interior with mechanical waves and waterfalls, swimming pools, a nightclub for a thousand couples, twelve elevators to go up to the first floor, a storage room for cars, stables, Greek sculptures and a helipad”, he details. José Augustine in his book ‘Tragicomédia Mexicana 3’.
Since 1984, when “El Negro” was arrested, the residence has been under the protection of the Federal government and later began a legal dispute between ejidatarios, trusts and the state government for the property. In 1988 it was expropriated by the Guerrero government, for which the Durazo family began a legal battle to recover it.
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The home of Chinese businessman Zhenli Ye Gon
the Chinese-Mexican Zhenli Ye Gon He spends his days incarcerated in the maximum security prison in Altiplano, in the State of Mexico, where he was detained in October 2016 after being extradited to Mexico by the Mexican authorities. United States.
Four months after the historic $207 million seizure of his Sierra Madre 5151 home was auctioned, Ye Gon was arrested in the city of Rockville, Maryland, by Drug Enforcement Administration agents.DEAby their abbreviations in English).
The home of Chinese businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, accused of money laundering and drug trafficking, has 10 rooms on three floors. It has 14 bathrooms, three bedrooms, swimming pool, sauna, three jacuzzis, elevator and basement.
The property located in Las Lomas de Chapultepec consists of 1,566 square meters built and 1,218 square meters of land.
In August 2019, the Monterrey businessman Carlos Bremerthrough the Butaca-Enlace Foundation, purchased in the fourth auction held at the Los Pinos Cultural Complex for 102 million pesos, was valued at 95 million pesos.
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With information from El Tiempo / GDA
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