The literary world was stirred as Anabel Hernández’s latest investigative piece, Ladies of the Narco: Loving in Hell, graced bookstores. The work deepens into the alleged ties between Mexican celebrities and the notorious underworld of drug trafficking. Controversy was inevitable as many named in the book are considering legal action against the author, citing “improper use” of their image, among other grievances.
While her first book of the series “Ladies of the Narco” was dedicated to ties between celebrities and the drug lords and seemed to have revolved around Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, and other men or women, the second book introduces more names to the list of people with more or less interactions with the drug lords, especially Arturo Beltran Leyva. As Emma Coronel has just been released from prison, this seems the best time to launch a sequel.
Hernández’s revelations point to various celebrities having had interactions, and in some cases, romantic entanglements with one of Mexico’s most formidable drug kingpins. The first part of her work had already stirred the pot by suggesting figures like Andrés García, Platanito, Galilea Montijo, and even the legendary Juan Gabriel had ties to traffickers such as Arturo Beltrán Leyva. The sequel, however, introduces more names, generating a fresh wave of debate and controversy.
After appearing in a chapter titled “Bombón asesino” in Hernández’s previous book, the singer faces more accusations and details about her alleged connection to Beltrán Leyva. She has been linked to lavish gifts, including a Lamborghini.
The recent La Casa de los Famosos host is again mentioned for an alleged relationship with Beltrán Leyva, which she has repeatedly denied and has considered legal action against Hernández.
Karla Luna and Karla Panini
The comediennes, known as “Las Lavanderas,” are also in the eye of the storm. It is suggested that Luna had ties to Beltrán Leyva, something Panini addressed in a video on Instagram, where she clarified her position. First, it was said that she would have had ties with the capo, but later, she affirmed that she was his partner, which was why she separated from her husband, Américo Garza.
“I was never in contact with that man, I never met that man, I never saw him, I never knew about him until Karla Luna herself confessed to me that she had had a relationship with that man, and that is why, in 2008, Américo had decided to break up with her”, Panini affirmed.
Panini and Garza assured they would take legal action against Anabel Hernandez.
- Key figure “El Kamala” and two others detained in Morelos in connection with CJNG affiliations
- The arrest of “Socialitos,” Beltran Leyva Cartel’s financial kingpin
- Where are Emma Coronel’s brothers involved in drug trafficking?
Mexican actress and singer originally from Sinaloa also has her dose of prominence in Hernández’s book. Throughout her career, Navidad has participated in several telenovelas, La fea más bella, one of the most popular. She has also demonstrated her talent in reality shows such as MasterChef. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she caused controversy for her statements about the virus, denying its existence and later confronting the disease.
Mariana Ríos is a Mexican actress and model recognized for participating in show business and mentioned in the book. Born in Aguascalientes, she was crowned Miss Mexico in 2000. Her acting talent has led her to participate in emblematic telenovelas such as Mañana es para siempre ( 2008), Triunfo del amor ( 2010) and Qué bonito amor ( 2012).
Dora Noemí Kerchen, better known as Dorismar, is an Argentine model, actress, and presenter who has conquered the Latin public. She won viewers’ hearts through her participation in the TV show Desmadruga2. She has left a mark in the entertainment industry with her charisma and beauty. Her charms also caught the attention of the narco boss.
Betty Monroe is a Mexican actress from Guadalajara with an extensive television career who also appears in the book’s pages. She has been featured in several television productions. Still, she is especially known for participating in telenovelas such as La Hija del Jardinero and El Amor no es como lo Pintan. In addition to her career on the small screen, she has had a presence in theatrical plays, Vaselina ( 1991) being one of the most outstanding.
On the other hand, the book mentions Violeta Vizcarra, a supposed socialite who is pointed out as a mediator between celebrities and the leader of the Beltran Leyva.
But who is Arturo Beltran Leyva? A former bodyguard of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, he led the Beltrán Leyva family cartel. His group clashed for territorial control with ‘Chapo’ Guzmán, and his crimes ranged from drug trafficking to kidnappings and murders. His death in 2009, during a confrontation in Cuernavaca, marked the end of an era, but the stories he left behind continue to capture the public’s attention.