Meet Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez, AKA La Chapodiputada, El Chapo’s mistress and a key witness in his trial

Lucero Sánchez transitions from a local Sinaloan political figure to a pivotal witness in El Chapo's life imprisonment conviction.

“La Chapodiputada” was the nickname given to Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez, one of the youngest in Sinaloa to become a local congresswoman. However, she is mostly remembered for maintaining a relationship with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and testifying against him in the United States.

In other words, Guadalupe went from being the Sinaloa drug lord’s mistress to one of the people who participated in his trial in 2019, after which Guzmán Loera was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in drug trafficking in the neighboring country.

The relationship between “El Chapo” and Sanchez was full of chiaroscuro. Not only did they maintain a sentimental bond, but they also collaborated in drug trafficking activities. In 2014, they even starred in a movie-like escape in Cuiliacan, where members of the Navy were trying to capture the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Although it is presumed that Guadalupe had a child with “El Chapo,” that was not enough for the former congresswoman to hand over evidence to US authorities — such as text messages and letters — that helped bring down the drug trafficker. In this way, the Sinaloan woman obtained benefits to avoid being behind bars.

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez collaborated with "El Chapo" to get marijuana in Sinaloa (Photo: ABC 163)
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez collaborated with “El Chapo” to get marijuana in Sinaloa (Photo: ABC 163)

Who is chapodiputada

Lucero Sánchez is originally from Cosala, Sinaloa. During her childhood, she sold empanadas and started working in the fields to help her family while going to school in the afternoons. Thanks to the education she received, in her adolescence, she participated in a government program to teach children.

She later met Rubén Chávez Cháidez, a marijuana grower on the outskirts of Durango. But the relationship was unhealthy, as Lucero suffered physical violence from her partner. All that would change in 2010, when at age 21 she met for the first time “El Chapo”, at that time already known for being one of the leaders of the so-called Pacific Cartel.

Communication between the two took place through text messages and phone calls. As they got to know each other, Lucero was increasingly interested in having a formal relationship with Guzmán Loera, so they began to meet more often at “Chapo’s” hideouts.

At the same time, the Sinaloa drug lord got her involved in the world of drug trafficking. First, he asked her to meet with farmers in the Sinaloa highlands to obtain marijuana. Still, later she was promoted and given the task of supervising the operations of front companies – distributed in Mexico, the US, and Ecuador – through which money transactions were carried out, according to court documents consulted by Milenio.

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Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez appeared at the "El Chapo" trial in 2019 as a cooperating witness (Photo: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg).
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez appeared at the “El Chapo” trial in 2019 as a cooperating witness (Photo: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg).

For two years, they maintained a love and business relationship. Still, as time passed, Lucero showed interest in politics until, at the age of 24, she was elected as a local deputy for the National Action Party (PAN) for the XVI district of Sinaloa. This did not mean the end of communication, as Loera continued to call her, although by then, he was already the husband of Emma Coronel, whom he married in 2007.

Former congresswoman appears at “El Chapo” trial.

After Joaquín Guzmán Loera was arrested in February 2014 in Mazatlán, Lucero visited him in the Altiplano Maximum Security Prison using a fake credential and birth certificate.

Due to his ties to “El Chapo,” Lucero attempted to take refuge in the US. In July 2017, she tried to cross into California but was intercepted by border agents due to her possible involvement in drug trafficking. As a result, two years later, she would appear in the trial against her former lover as a cooperating witness.

As part of her cooperation, Sanchez handed over nearly 6,000 text messages that she shared with “El Chapo,” in which their love affair and criminal activities were made evident, according to reports by journalist Laura Sanchez Ley.

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez has allegedly obtained a pardon after collaborating with the U.S. in the trial of "El Chapo" (Photo: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez has allegedly obtained a pardon after collaborating with the U.S. in the trial of “El Chapo” (Photo: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)

“I’m confused because I thought it was a couple’s relationship,” were the words with which Lucero appeared in Brooklyn court in 2019 when she was 29 years old. She gave further details about her romance with “El Chapo” on that occasion and indicated that she had mixed feelings towards him.

“I was trying to keep him happy. I was confused about my feelings. Sometimes I loved him, and sometimes I didn’t, because of his attitudes,” said Sanchez, according to reports by journalist Victor Sancho.

It is presumed that her collaboration with the U.S. benefited Lucero since her name does not currently appear in the records of the Bureau of Prisons, so it is not known if she is in custody.