I feel an odd sort of connection with Miguel Felix Gallardo, who was reputedly the precursor to the Baja California area’s Arellano Felix drug trafficking organization. A blog post I filed last year – about a web site set up by the reputed drug trafficker’s family – continues to generate a lot of traffic to my own site from people apparently curious about Felix Gallardo’s savvy use of the Internet.
Felix Gallardo, according to Mexican and U.S. reports, is an older relative of the Arellano Felix brothers (a family member says this is not true), and he was said to be a major Mexican drug trafficker in the 1980s. He has been locked up in a Mexican prison since 1989. Family members started a web site to document his health needs in prison as well as a forum for people to ask questions and send greetings to Felix Gallardo. You can check out the site here.
Here are a couple of media updates on Felix Gallardo:
McClatchy News Service wrote a story about the Felix Gallardo website and about the use of the Internet by Mexican drug traffickers in general. Reporter Marisa Taylor interviewed Felix Gallardo’s son, who started the website. You can read the story here.
In February of this year, Mexican media ran a story about Felix Gallardo writing a 32-page letter to La Jornada newspaper detailing his experiences with certain Mexican law enforcement officials, as well as other juicy details of his own arrest. You can read the La Jornada story here.
Screenshot of the Miguel Felix Gallardo web page.