Mexico .- Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, better known in the world of drug trafficking as the “Chief of Chiefs” gave an interview to Telemundo from the federal prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco.
In the interview, the “Chief of Chiefs” showed himself as a 75-year-old man with serious health problems, he has pneumonia, he is blind in one eye, deaf in one ear, in a wheelchair and has a broken arm, in addition to the fact that it depends on oxygen.
Félix Gallardo was known as the “cocaine czar”. After 32 years in prison for the murder of Enrique Camarena, he agreed to the interview, due to his state of health, the interview questions had to be written in order for him to answer.
The “Boss of Bosses” declared that he no longer has hope of life due to his state of health, he still has eight years to complete the 40-year sentence.
In the 70s and 80s, he was the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, he had ties with the Medellín cartel of Pablo Escobar, as well as with Ramón Mata Ballesteros from Honduras.
He is the uncle of Sandra Ávila Beltrán, “The Queen of the Pacific” and is linked as a relative of the Arellano Félix brothers of the Tijuana Cartel, however, Miguel Ángel does not recognize the relationship.
Félix Gallardo was arrested in April 1989 in a luxurious house in Cosmos (Guadalajara). The persecution and capture of its main founding partners of the all-powerful Guadalajara cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero – freed in 2013 and the most wanted man in the DEA – and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, alias Don Neto, after the DEA’s fury over the kidnapping, torture, and murder of Kiki Camarena cornered their leader and blew up the old criminal chessboard.
“This concluded the unique cartel model with which the drug trafficking industry began in the country,” wrote journalist Diego Enrique Osorno in a report in this newspaper.
Despite the fact that Osorno himself said he had interviewed Félix Gallardo for his book El cartel de Sinaloa. A history of the political use of the narco (2009) in which he explained the relationship between politicians and drug lords of the time – “The narcos were not against the Government, we were part of the Government” -, in the interview with Telemundo, the narco rejects any connection with the drug business. And his testimony seems to cling to that of an old, tired and sick man, who does not understand why he has spent 32 years in prison.
How did they catch Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo? The real story
To this day, there are many doubts about the capture of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, who was the founder of the Guadalajara Cartel.
Guillermo González Calderoni, who was in charge of pursuing and capturing Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, better known as “The Jefe de Jefes”, revealed several details that many of us did not know about the capture of the founder and leader of the Guadalajara Cartel.
“We established surveillance, after various problems, we rented an apartment in front of his house and one day they brought a refrigerator with shrimp and other foods when his guards came out, 14 of us entered, we detained him alive inside his house, his guards fled. “
“We detained him, took him to a safe house and then to CDMX.”
“We made him lie face down, when he got up, he offered me 5 or 6 million dollars in exchange for his release, he threatened me:” if you hand me over, you’re a dead man, “he told me” …
Guillermo González Calderoni was a controversial character since it was said that he was protected by the government and by different organized crime groups. He was linked to the Tijuana Cartel, of the Arellano Félix; the Gulf Cartel, and even the Sinaloa Cartel itself.
The truth is that González Calderoni was not married to any criminal organization, but was being sold to the highest bidder; he protected and betrayed according to the number of digits after the dollar sign.
Felix and Calderoni were said to be very close.
Some media report that at the moment when Calderoni and Félix Gallardo, the capo asked him in surprise, “What happened friend?”, To which González Calderoni replied, “What friend”
Who was Guillermo González Calderoni?
At the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), González Calderoni went to the Directorate of the Investigation Division against Drug Trafficking and later to the General Directorate of Air, Land and Maritime Interception. And he was even a delegate of the PGR in San Antonio, Texas, in the United States.