‘Cartel Queen’ launches TikTok career – people can’t believe how young she looks

A glam female drug lord has made an unlikely career change and started posting videos to TikTok – and people can't get over how young she looks.

Sandra Ávila Beltrán, also known as The Queen of the Pacific, is considered by many to be the most influential female drug kingpin from Mexico.

The 61-year-old was born into narco royalty, related to Rafael Caro Quintero (co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel) and the Beltrán Leyva family, later founders of the Beltrán-Leyva Organisation.

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Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo – Mexico's first major drug lord nicknamed 'The Boss of Bosses' – is her uncle.

She also reportedly had affairs with several key players in the Mexican drug trade, including now Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada.

Possibly looking for a new, more legal way to spend her time, last week she uploaded a video to TikTok.

In the clip, which has almost 250,000 views and 14,000 likes, she appeared wearing a leopard print dressing gown while cleaning a pair of sunglasses, chatting to the camera in Spanish.

On Saturday (July 9) she shared another clip, appearing in what seems to be a nightclub beside a friend.

The videos have since been shared to Reddit forum r/NarcoFootage where everyone has had the same reaction.

One person said: "She looks way younger from when she got released. Probably had some surgeries done too."

Another said: "I can’t believe she’s 61. Born in 1960. She did some hard time too."

"Doesn’t look like it had to Google her to see she was 61 lol," a third agreed.

Speculating on what she may do on TikTok, one person joked: "She [can] give quick Narco Life Hacks… literally hacking people in 2 min or less."

Ávila Beltrán was a key link between the Sinaloa Cartel and Colombian cocaine traffickers and had a working relationship with Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán and El Mayo until her arrest in 2007.

She spent a total of seven years in prison – two in solitary confinement – having been convicted on money laundering and firearms charges. She now lives freely in Guadalajara.

She was first dubbed The Queen of the Pacific after allegedly setting up a fleet of tuna boats that could carry 10 tons of cocaine each up Mexico’s Pacific coast and into the US.

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Her youthful appearance is perhaps explained by reports she had multiple plastic surgeries to disguise her identity.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2016 about her time on the run, she said: “It is tiring. Very tiring. We each have our own essence, our personality, which is unique and is strong for every person. To change that, to be another person is difficult.”


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