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A hacienda in the “cradle of the narcos”: the impressive house that “Chapo” built for his mother

The property is located in the mountains, at the entrance to La Tuna (Photo: EFE)
The property is located in the mountains, at the entrance to La Tuna (Photo: EFE)

The residence It is located in the municipality of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, the land of the drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzman Loera, and it stands out not only for being in the middle part of a hill, but also for its pink and brown colors.

It is the house of Consuelo Loera, mother of Chapo Guzmán, who has been in the midst of controversies after the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, went out of protocol during a tour of Badiraguato to go to greet the woman in her truck.

Although since 2016, after an attack of groups opposed to the Sinaloa Cartel, Consuelo Loera stopped living there, the property has remained intact and stands out for its colors and design.

Although it looks impressive from afar, those who know it say that inside it is very simple (Photo: screenshot)
Although it looks impressive from afar, those who know it say that inside it is very simple (Photo: screenshot)

The hacienda-style mansion has rustic finishes and numerous plants that adorn the main facade, it is surrounded by large hectares of trees and hills. Those who have managed to enter say that inside the mansion is very simple.

On the terrace has white plastic chairs and tables, as can be seen in interviews that Consuelo Loera has given to American chains. It also has wooden benches and large patios.

The kitchen, although large, is also simple and only has what is necessary.

The house of the mother of the "Chapo" It is surrounded by large trees and mountains (Photo: EFE)
The house of the mother of “Chapo” is surrounded by large trees and mountains (Photo: EFE)

Despite the simplicity, Inside the property there is a chapel of the Apostolic Church of the Faith in Christ Jesus, which the drug trafficker founder of the Sinaloa Cartel had built for his mother.

It is not clear if the chapel is registered as a religious association -with legal personality- in Mexico, because it does not have the organization’s logo on the facade, however, In the past, in the midst of the war against drug trafficking, “pastors were not forbidden entry” and parishioners “were also given entry”, Theologian Felipe Agredano said in an interview with the US media in 2014.

El Chapo built a temple where every Sunday, from 10 in the morning to one in the afternoon, the followers of the Church pray and sing under the orders of a pastor who lives in the village, “said in 2013 a report from the chain Univision.

As outside, the patio of the mansion is full of flowers and plants (Photo: screenshot)
As outside, the patio of the mansion is full of flowers and plants (Photo: screenshot)

The church would have been built in 1989, and In recent years it was used by Consuelo Loera to ask God for two things: the first, that his son straightened the way and looked for another occupation.

And the second “is for the hearts of the judge and jury to be moved (prior to the kingpin’s trial) and show that God is merciful,” published Phoebe Eaton in the trilogy for Kindle In the Thrall of the Mountain King for which he visited La Tuna and interviewed friends and relatives of the capo.

“After all, God was put here to save the black sheep“One of the cartel bodyguards commented to the author.

The construction of the church would have been carried out in 1989 (Photo: screenshot)
The construction of the church would have been carried out in 1989 (Photo: screenshot)

According to Eaton’s description, those attending religious services are those who call themselves “Christians,” although some dare not speak out as such. Women often pray for their drug-running husbands.

A principle of the Doña Consuelo temple is not to consume alcohol and not to swear. Men need to dress appropriately, ‘and not like a cholo or a macho’… Women should wear skirts, and no gold or silver, although a modest gold watch marks the wrist of the mother of the Chapo”, describe.

Guzmán Loera’s relationship with religion was widely discussed during the trial that followed him in New York and that led to a life sentence, who is serving in the cruellest prison in the United States; since the “miraculous” appearance of a small statue of Jesús Malverde, the so-called saint of drug traffickers, on a metal cabinet adjoining the room where the hearings were held, to a woman who went to court every day to pray.

The mother of "Chapo" lives guarded by armed men (Photo: archive)
The mother of “Chapo” lives guarded by armed men (Photo: archive)

The woman, by name Nedy Fulgencio, is a reverend from an evangelical church in Queens, New York, who attended all trial hearings in Room 8D on the eighth floor of the United States Court for the Eastern District of Brooklyn, New York, and whose mission was to intercede with a heavenly power so that the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was found innocent of the ten serious charges against him.

It is now unknown if the church continues to function, as after the attack by an armed commando, in June 2016, Consuelo Loera had to leave the property where it was built.

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