El Chapo’s daughter has married the nephew of another feared drug kingpin — arriving at a heavily secured Mexican cathedral in a white bulletproof limo, according to reports.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, 33, wed Édgar Cázares, the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares, an alleged cartel money launderer dubbed “The Empress,” according to Mexican media.
The lavish ceremony late last month was held amid tight security at the cathedral of Culiacán, the city at the heart of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel that was once led by the father of the bride, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
He was obviously missing for the big day — serving a life sentence at a supermax prison in Colorado.
Instead, Alejandrina — wearing a stunning white lace dress and a tiara — shared the dance floor with her mother, Maria, who was El Chapo’s first wife, according to the Sun.
Social media posts from the ceremony last month showed popular Mexican bands and singers performed for the pair at the cathedral that was cordoned off by yellow police tape.
The newlyweds were also shown from behind holding hands as they watched fireworks explode overhead in celebration of their nuptials.
The Sinaloa Cartel has kept a firm grip on the drug trade even after El Chapo’s imprisonment, with officials saying his sons and their associates are taking control.
Hundreds of heavily armed Sinaloa Cartel members, guns blazing, last year took the modern city of about a million people hostage after son Ovidio was detained. Within hours, he was released.
Meanwhile, the bride has also been capitalizing on her father’s legacy, launching a clothing line and even “El Chapo” beer.
That the cartel was able to take over an esteemed cathedral sparked outrage in Mexico.
“It is a reminder of how deeply embedded and powerful the Guzmán family remains in Sinaloa’s society,” Falko Ernst, senior Mexico analyst for the International Crisis Group, told the Guardian.
“They are effectively part of the elite. They are treated as such by other members of the elite, including parts of the church.”
Rodolfo Soriano-Nuñez, a sociologist who studies the Mexican Catholic Church, said that ties to organized crime has been “one of many Achilles heels of the Mexican church” for 30 years at least.
“Locking down the cathedral and pretty much giving it away gives very bad optics and forces one to raise all sorts of questions regarding the decision-making process,” Soriano-Nuñez said.
With Post wires
Source: New York Post