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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's 85-Year-Old Mother Tells Her Son to 'Find God'

Manuel Rueda - Fusion
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March 5, 2014

Univision tracked down El Chapo Guzman's mother, deep in the Sinaloa mountains. She had a few messages for her son, and for the Mexican government. (Maria Antonieta Collins/Fusion)

Over the past 12 years, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán made astronomical amounts of money from the drug trade, which helped him to buy off politicians and law-enforcement officials.

His was the ultimate rags-to-riches story of a peasant from the Sinaloa mountains who made it onto Forbes list of the world’s biggest billionaires.

Yet this man’s mother still lived in a sparsely furnished house, deep in the Sinaloa mountains. There were no plasma TVs in her residence, and no extravagant luxuries like private zoos. Only a few rooms with family portraits and an old TV decorate the home of Consuelo Loera, the 85-year-old mama of the world’s most wanted criminal.

Loera, a mother of 11, who hails from a family of Sinaloa farmers, is famous for trying to stay away from the spotlight. The last time she granted an interview to a journalist was nine years ago, according to

After hours of negotiations, and two separate visits to her home, she agreed to speak to a Univision News crew about her son’s recent arrest.

Her main motivation for speaking was to send a message to her son.

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