Drug Lords think they are kings of the world, and live like nobody could ever get to them.
Powered by their wealth and backed by political connections, many of them have not been shy about showcasing their fortune and extravagant lifestyles to the public at large, either directly and through social media.
Their immediate families, especially sons and daughters, do not seem to mind about (many actually support) dads’ criminal activities, although there are few exceptions.
Social websites are excellent platforms for the sons and daughters of drug lords to post photographs of their lavish trips overseas, parties, fancy cars, gold-plated handguns, yachts, money, and jewelries.
No one really knows why it is common among drug lords’ families; one possibility is that the kids only want to imitate the lifestyles they always see in their fathers.
It is as if they are trying to let the world know who they are, including law enforcement officials, who could use their social updates to track down their locations.
Here are just a few.
10 Ivan Guzman
There is nothing strange that wealthy people use their social media accounts to show-off their enormous fortune, and Ivan Guzman is no exception.
He is the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and most dangerous drug trafficker in the world today.
The son’s social media accounts are loaded with photos of a collection of gold-plated weapons, scantily clad women, exotic animals, and of course expensive cars.
More than that, Ivan has often bragged about how his father enjoyed freedom after escaping prison, until dad was recaptured.
9 Alfredo Guzman
As the father is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, Ivan almost certainly will fill the role as leader, but not today. Ivan’s younger brother, Alfredo Guzman, is equally outrageous and arrogant.
He also uses social media to tell the world about his riches, particularly a collection of luxurious rides, and more importantly anger for the father’s arrest.
Just like what the older brother likes to do, social media for him is a platform to send threats to the government.
8 Serafin Zambada
The current leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, or the successor of El Chapo, is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
The sons of those two drug lords apparently are also close friends; both Ivan and Alfredo bond well with Serafin Zambada, who also is a possible future leader of the cartel.
All three of them do not hold back when it comes to showcasing their wealth. For Serafin it was all about cars, guns, and a lot of his expensive toys.
Serafin was pretty careless about it, leading to his arrest on November 2013. He was released on September 2018, just eight months after sentencing.
7 Vincente Zambada Niebla
Another son of El Mayo, named Vincente Zambada Niebla, was arrested in Mexico City in 2009, and extradited to the United States in 2010.
Now he is serving his 10 years imprisonment.
The initial sentencing would put him away for 15 years, but he made a plea deal that involved cooperating as potential witness against El Chapo, and for that the conviction was reduced.
His lawyers claim that Vincente could not be prosecuted in the United States because of his role as DEA informant.