Commonly referred to as El Padrino(The Godfather) by his allies, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo controlled almost all of the drug trafficking in Mexico and the Mexico-US border. He formed the infamous Guadalajara Cartel in the 1970s. Gallardo was later arrested for the murder of a DEA officer in one of his ranches and sentenced 37 years of imprisonment. Although, due to his deteriorating health, in 2014, he was shifted from Altiplano maximum-security prison to a medium-security facility.
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Early Life & Biography
He was born on January 8, 1946, in a ranch in Bellavista, located in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Felix Gallardo graduated from high school and studied business in college. He later on, he worked as a Mexican Federal Judicial Police agent. Miguel Felix Gallardo then worked as a bodyguard for the then Governor of Sinaloa Leopoldo Celis. Celis helped Miguel set up his drug trafficking organization and cartel using his political affiliations. Miguel was the godfather of Celis’s’ son Rodolf.
Felix started by working for drug traffickers brokering the corruption of state officials. Along with Rafael Caro Quintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, who happened to be a former member of the Aviles criminal organization, took control of the drug trafficking routes after Aviles was killed in a police shootout.
After his arrest, most of his nephews and nieces took over different roles in the organization to, later on, form the Arellano Felix Organisation or famous for being known as the Tijuana Cartel. One of his nieces, Sandra Alvia Beltran, used to be a part of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The Tijuana Cartel included Alicia Arellano, Benjamin Arellano Felix(incarcerated) a former leader of the Arellano Felix Organisation, Enedina Arellano de Toledo, a leader in the organization, Fabian Corona, Francisco Felix(imprisoned), Francisco Rafael Felix(Deceased), Javier Benjamin Briseno Arellano who was his grandnephew, Luis Fernando Sánchez Arellano(incarcerated) and Ramon Arellano Felix(deceased).
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on January 8, 1946, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo is 74 years old as of today’s date 7th September 2020. His height is 1.8 m tall, and his weight is 68 kg.
Known for being one of the most notorious criminals in history, Miguel had set up a drug trafficking empire where he controlled the trafficking over almost the entire Mexico and The US-Mexico border. Kiki Camarena, an undercover US DEA(Drug Enforcement Administration), had infiltrated deep enough in Miguel’s organization.
Based on Camarena’s information, Mexican soldiers backed by helicopters went and destroyed 2500 acres of marijuana plantation known as “Ranch Buffalo” being operated under the name of “Operation Godfather.” The plantation’s worth is estimated to be $ 8 billion. Camarena went on to expose government officials, and lawmakers have ties to the organization.
On February 7, 1985, Gallardo ordered Camarena to be kidnapped. With the help of the Jalisco Police under Gallardo’s payroll, Camarena was captured and brought to a ranch owned by Miguel. They then interrogated and tortured him for over 30 hours. On February 9, Camarena died when a hole was made in his head using a tire iron. His body was found along with his helicopter’s pilot Alfredo Zavala in a ranch in Michoacan State.
In response to this, one of the most extensive DEA investigations titled “Operation Leyenda” was undertaken, which found Miguel guilty of the homicide along with Ernesto and Rafael. On being under pressure from the US Government, Rafael and Ernesto were arrested, but Miguel was safe due to political protection.
Even while incarcerated, he continued operating the most significant drug cartels just using a cellphone until he was transferred to a maximum-security prison in 1990 to serve his 37-year sentence. With time his health deteriorated, and in March 2013, Miguel started the legal procedure to continue the rest of his sentence in his home after his 70th birthday. On April 29, 2014, his petition was denied by the court, and on December 18, 2014, he transferred to a medium-security prison in Guadalajara. His request to continue his sentence at home was rejected by Mexico City court on February 20, 2019.
Miguel decided that the best way to let the organization function after his arrest was to divide the territories amongst the top drug narcos in Mexico. The Tijuana route went to his nephews and nieces. The control of the Matamoros corridor was left undistributed to Juwan Garcia Abrego, who wasn’t a party to the 1989 pact.
Awards & Achievements
A Netflix series Narcos: Mexico(2018) is an adaptation of Miguel’s biography, and Diego Luna portrays him.
Net Worth & Salary of Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo in 2020
As of September 2020, Miguel is said to have had a worth of $1 billion when he was just 43 before being sentenced to prison. He owned over 50 houses and 200 ranches.
Miguel started as an ordinary Federal Police Agent. He went on to create havoc within law enforcement as he set up an empire with his trafficking and established ties with high-end Government officials and lawmakers. He, for sure, will be remembered throughout history as one of the worst drug lords in Mexico.