El Chapo’s daughter marries nephew of ‘drug kingpin’ in Mexico
El Chapo’s daughter has married the nephew of another alleged drug kingpin after arriving for her lavish ceremony in a white bulletproof limo.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar wed Édgar Cázares surrounded by a ring of steel in the cartel-run city of Culiacan in Mexico.
The groom is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cázares, an alleged cartel money launderer dubbed ‘The Empress’ of the drug trafficking world.
And the bride’s brother is Victor Emilio Cazares Salazar, who was previously identified by the US authorities as a key figure within the notorious Sinaloa cartel.
However, the father of the bride obviously couldn’t make the ceremony as he is serving a life sentence at maximum security US prison ADX Florence – known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.
Instead Alejandrina, 33, shared the dance floor with her mum Maria, who was Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s first wife.
Alejandrina is one of more than a dozen children of El Chapo, long seen as the world’s most powerful drug lord.
Residents in Culiacán had reported the city’s cathedral was closed to the public on January 25 for an “important wedding”, though no further information was released.
“It is a reminder of how deeply embedded and powerful the Guzmán family remains in Sinaloa’s society. They are effectively part of the elite,” said Falko Ernst, an analyst for the International Crisis Group.
“They are treated as such by other members of the elite, including parts of the church.”
Leaked images of the marriage reception, which was held in a nearby estate known as the ‘Big Alamo’ have since emerged on social media.
Some show a fleet of armoured cars outside the cathedral, which was sealed off to locals.
Edgar proposed to Alejandrina during a ski trip – and a picture of the ring was shared on Instagram.
It’s been reported the wedding ceremony was attended by several key cartel figures including El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzman Lopez.
He was famously captured by Mexican soldiers in October and then freed after a gunbattle with Sinaloa cartel members in Culiacan.
Among the images which emerged over the weekend were pictures of the newlywed’s first dance and fireworks being launched at the reception at the Big Alamo resort.
Popular Mexican band Calibre 50 and singer Julion Alvarez also performed for wedding guests.
Culiacán is the de facto headquarters of the Sinaloa cartel -which is responsible for thousands of murders in Mexico.
The group was led for several decades by El Chapo, who became a billionaire largely by eliminating rivals and monopolising the business of exporting cocaine and other drugs to the US.
He twice managed to escape from Mexican jails but was arrested in 2016 and extradited to the US, where he is serving a life prison sentence.
Meanwhile, his daughter has been capitalising on his legacy with the launch of the “El Chapo 701” brand last year. In January, she diversified the brand’s business line from fashion into beverages with the launch of an “El Chapo” beer.
The brand got its name from when Forbes named her father the 701st richest person in the world in 2009, estimating his net worth at $US1 billion.
The wedding came as the country’s violence shows few signs of slowing and Mexico’s murder rate continues racing past grim milestones with 35,588 in 2019.
Originally published as El Chapo’s daughter weds nephew of ‘drug kingpin’