Cartel ‘Queen’: My Crimes Are No Worse Than Marrying a Politician

February 22, 2023

She became a household name—known as the “Queen of the Pacific”—in Mexico after her coolness under police interview was captured on camera in 2007. As far as she is concerned her relationships with senior cartel members were no different to being married to a politician. Everyone has a destiny and if theirs was to have all that and that fortune came to them, it came to them. ICEHow Sandra Ávila Beltrán Got CaughtAt the turn of the century, “the Queen of the Pacific” was at the height of her powers. The Mexican authorities said the shipment was linked to Juan Diego Espinosa Ramírez—better known as “El Tigre”—and Sandra Ávila Beltrán.