Just call her La NarcomamiMexicoâ€™s Process magazine is calling Enedina Arellano Felix the worldâ€™s first female drug lord today, based on information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
While weâ€™re not buying that lofty title — “Cocaine Cowboys” star Griselda Blanco was the godmother of blowâ€™s glory days, even if her gang wasnâ€™t called a “poster” back then — weâ€™ll concede that Arellano Felix may be the first Mexicana drug lord, which is obviously no small feat, given the countryâ€™s state of bloody, cartel-controlled chaos.
Arellano Felix worked behind the scenes as the Tijuana Cartelâ€™s money manager until last weekend…
… when her brother, Benjamin Arellano Felix, was extradited to the U.S. (Congrats, DEA!). Now, because all her brothers are either serving prison sentences or hiding out, Enedina is believed to have taken the throne, according to Prensa Latina.
Proceso describes the new darling of drug trafficking as discrete, stern and firm in her decisions, having schooled her brothers in the business side of the trade for at least the last decade.
Enedina reportedly combined a Guadalajara education with inherited street smarts to keep what is now one of the worldâ€™s most powerful cartels from going bankrupt back in 2000, after a series of raids.
One of the only photos of Enedina in circulationIn other words: Sheâ€™s a freaking badass. Even if sheâ€™s now responsible for hundreds of deaths and costly U.S. counter-operations, we canâ€™t help but admire the woman for her she-cajones.
The DEA thought, with Benjamin behind bars in San Diego, the worst was over:
“Using violence, intimidation, kidnapping and murder, Arellano Felix Organization the, also known as the Tijuana Cartel, has been one of the worldâ€™s most brutal drug trafficking networks,” DEA Administrator Leonhart said. “The extradition of Benjamin Arellano-Felix is one of many great victories against this criminal enterprise, which has seen five of the seven Arellano-Felix brothers either arrested or killed. Together with our Mexican partners, we will continue sustained attacks on cartels that threaten our way of life.”
But, Process reports, the crimes continue, and Enedina — code name “The Chief”, “The Godmother” or “The Narcomami” — is the No. 1 suspect. (Though in the past, every last Fernando Sanchez Arellano, or “The Engineer,” has also been eyed as the cartelâ€™s top dog.)
We'll update with comment from the DEA When They get back to us. But if youâ€™d like to contest the “first female drug lord” title yourself, feel free to weigh in.