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El Chapo And Jeffrey Epstein Were This Latina Attorney’s First Clients And She Gets Hate Mail For It

Mariel Colón Miró was just four months out of law school, waiting for New York State bar exam results at the ripe age of 26 years old when she was scrolling through Craigslist looking for jobs. She stumbled upon a New York firm that was looking for a bilingual paralegal and went for it. It wasn’t until she got the job that she asked who her client was.

Later, in an interview, she confessed that the name Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera sounded familiar, but it was her trusty friend, Google, that gave her the full scoop. The Puerto Rican recalls “googling who this person was and I’m like, holy shit!” It was El Chapo.

Colón Miró just sort of “clicked” with El Chapo in person.

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The first time she met him, she was supposed to go with her boss, but they left their ID on the subway and couldn’t gain access to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) that detains El Chapo. So Colón Miró went by herself. She sat across from him and said hello. El Chapo put his hand up against the glass, and she put hers up against his. They talked for three hours about their Latinidad and politics. “He is a very likable person,” she told New York. “It was like a click. This is meant to be my job. I felt very comfortable.”

She turned down a job at the Legal Aid Society after El Chapo asked her to join his defense team as a trial attorney.

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She had been visiting him nearly every day at MCC for months, going through the defense team’s strategy, every piece of discovery, and practicing for cross-examination. Senior attorney Jeffrey Lichtman cites Colón Miró as the only reason El Chapo trusted his defense team. “Chapo, not being American and familiar with our justice system, didn’t trust everyone who worked on the case. But he always trusted her,” Lichtman says.

Colón Miró sympathizes with El Chapo, who was kept in solitary confinement 24/7 and only allowed to speak with Colón Miró herself.

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He was forbidden from speaking to his wife and was only allowed one hour of television a day. Given his two prison breaks during outdoor time, he’s also been denied requests to go outside. “MCC is a very inhumane place, especially if you’re in the solitary housing unit,” Colón Miró told New York Magazine. “It is not a sanitary place. You can see rats walking around. It is nasty. Other clients have told me there’s mold on the water faucets, the AC is never clean. You can actually see the dust and mold.”

Today, she’s even helping El Chapo’s wife with her fashion line, which glorifies El Chapo himself.

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“El Chapo Guzmaán: JGL” will sell glow-in-the-dark cell phone cases featuring El Chapo’s signature, alongside hoodies and T-shirts. On top of that, she’s working on El Chapo’s appeal case, citing the effects of the supermax prison in which he resides, often known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” He’s allowed outdoor time now, but Colón Miró feels he’s been dehumanized. “I noticed he was sad. Completely different. His demeanor, his eyes. Even his hair — they shaved his head. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been convicted of the most heinous crimes or horrible crimes, I don’t think that anybody deserves to be treated that way.”

Colón Miró grew up in Puerto Rico and studied music business at Loyola University in New Orleans.

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She eventually enrolled in law school on the island and later transferred to Hofstra. Today, she sings in the Hillsong church choir, and tells New York that she sleeps “with a clear conscience.” For Colón Miró, her job is knowing that “we are all sinners. Some of us are sinners that happened to break the law.”

Colón Miró’s second client was Jeffrey Epstein before he committed suicide.

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Her clientele list has caused an onslaught of hate mail for Colón Miró who ask her how she’s able to represent convicted killers and sex offenders. “If you have a moral dilemma with that, then this profession is not for you. It’s easy to lose that human perspective in this profession. You think that detaching makes it easier to do your job, but it makes it harder for your client. You can’t ever lose that perspective, that empathy, that caring for them. I don’t ever want to lose it. I think that’s what distinguishes me,” she told New York Magazine.

The Woman Rumored To Be One Of El Chapo’s Greatest Assassins Was Just Laid To Rest Among Family And Friends

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The Woman Rumored To Be One Of El Chapo’s Greatest Assassins Was Just Laid To Rest Among Family And Friends

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Regardless of how one leads their life, in the end, everyone deserves the right to be buried with dignity and have their friends and family mourn them as they please. In the eyes of those that loved them the most, they see no wrongdoings, or if they accept them, have at least made peace with it. In the complex story of Claudia Ochoa Félix, her life may have been rumored with violence and crime, but for her friends and family, despite her troubled past, they remembered with a lot of love. 

The loved ones of Claudia Ochoa Félix gathered in Culiacan in Sinaloa, Mexico, for her burial and funeral services.

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As reported two weeks ago, on Sept. 14, Ochoa Félix was found dead in Culiacan of a possible drug overdose. Juan José Ríos Estavillo, the Sinaloa State Attorney, has now confirmed that to be true. He also said, according to Milenio, that there was no suspected foul play. 

Estavillo “reported that the substances Ochoa Félix ingested were those that caused her death due to bronchial aspiration asphyxiation, and clarified that it was a death derived from a non-violent cause.” They also report that her body was then turned over to her family on Sunday and then take later to a funeral home. 

Her brother also confirmed her death via Facebook saying, “Hi, I’m Sergio Ochoa Félix just to inform you that my sister Claudia Ochoa Félix has passed away. We thank you for everything and thank you very much rest in peace sister see you there in heaven.”

Her family and friends filled the burial site and the funeral home with countless flowers and balloons.

The funeral service area was decorated in such a lively way that it resembled a celebration and not a funeral. People donated large flower crowns, as well as flowers arranged in massive crosses, which adorned the entire premises. At the burial grounds, friends and family released gold and silver balloons in the shape of stars.  They had also a live band that played traditional ranchera music. 

Ochoa Félix left behind three children. 

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Most of the images that we’ve seen from the funeral services on social media didn’t show specific people that attended but we’re assuming her three children were there. 

One of the most hard-hitting images from Ochoa Félix’s funeral is of her only daughter reaching out to her mother’s coffin.

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We can’t imagine what their life will be like now without their mother. It is also unclear who will take charge of the children. 

People on social media also expressed their feeling over Ochoa Félix’s death.

There’s no denying she had fans in Mexico and in the United States.

The most beautiful image on social media has to be the one of her family and friends releasing gold and silver balloons into the air among loud cheers.

They truly celebrated her life, which is how funerals should be, a celebration. 

Ochoa Félix used to be referred to as la “Empress of Ántrax” and the “Kim Kardashian of organized crime”.

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Ochoa Félix was seen as one of the most powerful women within the Mexican cartel, though she always denied that title and had said she had nothing to do with organized crime. 

“My children are being subjected to bullying, my mother is suffering from anxiety, and I am devastated and without peace, and now my physical integrity is threatened,” Félix said in a 2014 interview with VICE. “That’s not me in the majority of them,” she added. “I’ve filed a complaint before the authorities so that they can investigate and arrest those responsible for opening and administering [the accounts], causing irreparable harm to my children and myself.”

While she denied her affiliations with criminal organizations her Instagram page showed her both posing as a model and around weaponry. She was also known to have had affiliations with El Chapo’s cartel.

It’s clear she’s leaving a legacy behind. However, whether her legacy will be good or bad remains to be seen. When someone dies that has connections to organized crime, there is always someone close-by ready to take over that spot. We shall see who will take over for Ochoa Félix because it may remain empty forever, considering she always denied any involvement with El Chapo’s group or the local cartel in Sinaloa, Los Anthrax. For her children and her family they will remember this woman as a beautiful person who was always there for them. 

READ: Claudia Ochoa Félix, Alleged Crime Leader Of The Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Was Found Dead

Claudia Ochoa Félix, Alleged Crime Leader Of The Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Was Found Dead

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Claudia Ochoa Félix, Alleged Crime Leader Of The Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Was Found Dead

Watching “Narcos: Mexico” on Netflix taught us one major aspect of cartels, there’s never just one person running a massive operation that includes importing and exporting drugs. Some may conclude that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was the mastermind over his billion-dollar drug empire but there were many key players involved as well, many of which are in either in jail or dead.  Now, there’s one more casualty to add to the list. 

Claudia Ochoa Félix, an alleged leader of “Los Ántrax” — an “armed enforcement wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel” was found dead.

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Officials report that the cause of death for Félix, who was found dead over the weekend in Isla Musala, Culiacan, Mexico. is being ruled as suspicious. Félix, who’s Instagram shows her both posing as a model and around weaponry, was an alleged leader of “Los Ántrax” and had affiliations with El Chapo’s cartel. Her ties to Mexico’s crime world gave her a couple of infamous nicknames including the “Kim Kardashian of organized crime” the “Anthrax Empress.” However, at the end of the day, the 32-year-old (some outlets report she was 35), Félix was seen as one of the most powerful women within the Mexican cartel, a title she has always denied

Preliminary reports show Félix was found dead over the weekend due to a suspected overdose.

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However, because of her involvement with the cartel, some reports claim the death is suspicious. According to The Sun, “It is unclear whether she was the victim of foul play or whether it was an accidental death. Aspiration occurs when someone breaths foreign objects such as fluids into their lungs, causing choking and death. Reports said that she went to a nightclub in the city and returned to a man’s house later that night. The presumed lover said he tried to wake Ms. Felix but when she did not respond he called the local authorities.”

Félix leaves behind three kids. She was also suspected of being romantically involved with another cartel leader, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga, also known as “El Chino Antrax.”

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In 2016, Arechiga was arrested for his involvement with the Mexican cartel, and back then reports circulated that Félix was trying to take over the entire cartel empire which would have sparked a drug war against El Chapo. After El Chapo’s capture, which resulted in a guilty verdict earlier this year and now faces life in prison, opened the door for other drug rings in Mexico to take over. One of those was “Los Ántrax” — and its leader was allegedly Félix

“My children are being subjected to bullying, my mother is suffering from anxiety, and I am devastated and without peace, and now my physical integrity is threatened,” Félix said in a 2014 interview with VICE. “That’s not me in the majority of them,” she added. “I’ve filed a complaint before the authorities so that they can investigate and arrest those responsible for opening and administering [the accounts], causing irreparable harm to my children and myself.”

In 2014, a woman named Yuriana Castillo Torres was allegedly killed in Culiacan, Mexico, because assailants confused her with Félix. 

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Both women were dark beauties, and unfortunately they also both died too young. Torres was romantically linked to Arechiga. According to reports from 2014, Torres was killed very violently. Milenio reported that Torres was kidnapped and that authorities found that her body showed signs of “torture and was tied with hands and feet with wires, wore sportswear and was wrapped in a white sheet.”

In other related news from the drug cartel world, a New York police officer who provided security for El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was found guilty for selling cocaine. Officer Ishmael Bailey, 36, was arrested this week on “charges of conspiracy and sale of a controlled substance for allegedly acting as security twice when a load of cocaine was transported from various locations around Queens,” the New York Post reports. 

As we reported earlier this year, Aispuro announced she would dedicate her time to working on a fashion collection

“I am very happy to be able to create something like this. I hope it’ll be something everyone likes,” she told the New York Daily News. “I will give it my best effort to make it good for everyone and within everyone’s reach. I want to start with a line of caps, then I’ll begin to produce clothes, jackets.”

It’s good to see there is life outside of the crime world. 

READ: Hoping To Stop The Drug War, Mexico’s President Asks Drug Cartel Leaders To ‘Think Of Your Mother’