Life of Mexican drug kingpin hailed as ‘boss of bosses ahead of release

A Mexican drug lord once called the “boss of bosses’ or as they say in the country, the “El Jefe de Jefes” as he formed the first drug trafficking cartel.

Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, now 75, rose through the ranks of the Mexican underworld to form the Guadalajara Cartel, also known as La Federacion.

Despite his criminal activity being in the 70s and 80s, Gallardo’s story is being told to new generations through Netflix's Narcos: Mexico.

The show highlighted part of Gallardo’s criminal activities through the portrayal by actor Diego Luna.

Gallardo was first arrested in April 1989 at the age of 28 and has now spent 32 years in a prison in Mexico.

He was found guilty for the 1985 murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar during the longest trial in Mexican history, spanning 28 years.

In 2017, Gallardo was resentenced to 37 years in prison for Camarena's murder and including other charges such as stockpiling weapons, bribery, murder, drug trafficking and money laundering.

In the show, it alleges that Gallardo ordered seedless marijuana growth on a 1,000-hectare ranch in Chihuahua,which was the largest operation at the time.

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Gallardo was also apparently the mastermind behind the use of planes to develop a network to transport marijuana and cocaine to the U.S.

Although three other men were convicted of the death of Salazar, only Gallardo remains in prison.

Gallardo could be released for good behaviour and due to his poor health which would see him finish his sentence at home.

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According to recent reports, half of his body is paralyzed and he has lost vision in one of his eyes and is def in his left ear.

In his first interview since he was sentence, he told NBC News that he never participated in the murder of Camarena and denies any existence of a cartels in Guadalajara.

Speaking about a cocaine czar and dealings with Pablo Escobar, Gallardo said: “I never met that person. He, that person you're mentioning, I was never in Medellín or Cali, as the series says. I never met him.

“Later on, he was killed while I was in prison. There doesn't exist a czar, there's never existed such thing. Cartels have never existed in Guadalajara. I don't know if that's changed now. That never happened. In other words, we led a family life. I used to take my children to school.”

He also claimed he was always an “honest man” and “wasn't into weapons”.

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