Take a look at his photo - an unremarkable little man. Here is one of the most sinister criminals of the 20th century.
In popular American films, Mexico is portrayed as a land of anarchy, where wild morals reign. It is impossible to make capital in a situation of total lawlessness, at any moment a fat piece can float out from under your nose. Miguel Gallardo decided so. He took up building a hierarchy and putting things in order in the criminal environment. The dark genius forgot that even in a primitive blockbuster, negative characters end up badly.
The biography of Miguel Angel Felix could be the most ordinary - he was born in the small town of Culiacan in the Mexican state of Sinaloa in January 1946.The boy went to school when a dam was built near the city and local peasants began to cultivate the land without fear of seasonal flooding. Cheap fruits and vegetables immediately appeared on the markets, as well as dubious persons who purchased them for pennies, offering contraband goods, drugs and weapons in return. The latter was very handy - the richer region attracted criminals.
The boy grew up, and his attention was increasingly attracted by the dark side of life in his native places. Easy money attracted him. The Gallardo family was law-abiding, so he kept a safe distance from the world of crime. You can win a big jackpot without getting your hands covered in blood, the young man decided and went to work in the federal police.
In a world of violence
The young policeman carefully concealed his vicious inclinations. The best disguise for him was the image of a diligent campaigner. Miguel was so convincing in this image that he was soon invited to the post of bodyguard for the governor of his native state, Leopold Sánchez Celis. An honorable mission and a beautiful uniform could not replace the profits that the cunning man had in his former place, and he resigned.
Gallardo already had connections among professional lawbreakers. He was also very familiar with local farmers, especially those who cultivated the drug potion. A newcomer smuggled marijuana into the United States. The ability to command people and the willingness to use violence - such an education he received after serving in the police. Soon Miguel became the leader of the gang.
A career in the ranks of the defenders of the law not only shaped the character of the villain, but also helped to acquire the necessary acquaintances. Gallardo's caravans crossed the border quickly and without problems, thanks to the corrupt security forces. The competitors of the newly minted mafioso suffered losses, and he grew richer and expanded his possessions. He was now a planter and employed hundreds of peasants.
This was not enough for the chieftain. Coming from marijuana didn't match his appetites. Miguel went to the king of the Colombian drug mafia Pablo Escobar. He offered the famous mobster his services - transporting cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the United States. He agreed and soon realized that without a clever comrade it would be difficult for him to sell his goods. The Mexican had his own people in the States, dope distribution points, a circle of regular customers. He appreciated his contribution to the common cause very dearly. The two villains agreed so: Gallardo received half of the profits from the illegal cargo.
Big money from criminal activity made Miguel Gallardo a desirable friend of corrupt officials and politicians. The bandit did not like his surname, which translates as "dead". He was attracted by the work of Hollywood directors who glorified the Sicilian mafia. Miguel ordered to call himself the Godfather. He divided the plantations of narcotic plants among his people, not forgetting about his relatives.
The personal life of the American drug lord was strictly classified. It is known that he had a wife - Maria Elvira Murillo.Her namesakes, and probably close relatives, were high-ranking persons in the country's legal instances. Just remember Jesus Murillo Caram, the Attorney General of Mexico. Since there is very little information about Maria Elvira, even after the arrest of the faithful, they did not interrogate her, it can be assumed that her husband protected her from his dirty business.
In 1985, a certain Enrique Camaren Salazar was introduced to the Gallardo gang. He worked for the US police and collected information on the Mexican drug mafia. The agent sent all the information to his colleagues. The criminals exposed him and killed him. On the basis of the detective's reports, the bandits' farms were discovered and destroyed, and the Mexican government handed over to the States the direct executors of the contract murder. However, as soon as it came to Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo himself, the official Mexico City sent a request to Washington not to slander a law-abiding citizen.
In April 1989, the Godfather dropped in to visit the governor of his native state, Antonio Toledo Corro. During a peaceful conversation, several people in police uniforms entered the room. They presented an arrest warrant for Gallardo. The discouraged chieftain obediently followed them.
The drug lord was taken over by the judicial authorities of Mexico and the United States. He was proven guilty in drug dealing, racketeering, organizing and carrying out contract killings. Gallardo received 40 years in prison. At first, he continued his dark deeds, using the mobile communication provided to him by good jailers. The transfer to the Altiplano prison deprived the bandit of this blessing of civilization, now he has time to think.