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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

By itself, the story of former South American beauty queen Angie San Clemente Valencia becoming a ringleader in an international model-based drug-mule operation is remarkable enough. But what makes it really remarkable: Valencia’s odd career trajectory has a long precedent in the Latin American narco-trade:

For its story about Valencia, El Nuevo Herald went with the very Almodóvar headline, “High Heels and Mini-skirts: The New Face of Drug Trafficking.” Only it’s not exactly a new face. Women have been smuggling drugs for decades — the Drug Enforcement Agency has at least six runty cholas on its list of most wanted fugitives.

Indeed, over the years, no fewer than three previous former beauty queens have, improbably, dabbled in south-of-the-border drug trafficking and related crimes. And that’s not even counting cartel-queens like Miami’s Griselda Blanco and Mexico’s Sandra Avila Beltran. Does the pageant environment somehow prep the pretty contestants for a life of blow-fueled crime?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/31/2010 10:19 PM
Category: True Crime, Women
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