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The Social Media Posts of El Chapo’s Sons And Other Narcos Are Still Online For Everyone To See

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is currently being held in prison in New York and will face a trial set to begin in November. If convicted on charges related to international drug-trafficking, El Chapo faces a life behind bars. The upcoming trial has not prompted his sons to scrub their social media accounts and take down their profiles, even after purportedly saying last year that a fellow cartel leader tried to kill them. 

Although the validity of El Chapo’s sons’ social media profiles comes into question, there is no doubt the posts show a gasp-inducing, eye-widening look behind the life of a drug cartel boss. This is what social media followers can still see and comment on…

The most recent post on his son Iván Archivaldo Guzman’s Instagram account was back in 2017, but a quick look through his 9-post profile shows some of “El Chapito’s”ostentatious displays of wealth.

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Hay que seguir trabajando

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Here you have a private jet awaited back in May of 2015, which Guzman captioned, “Hay que seguir trabajando” (you have to keep working.)

In a post dating back to May 10, 2015, he fanned out over $2,000 in cash.

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$$ cash $$

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In another post uploaded that same day, some users commented in Spanish “Dame chamba haha” (give me work) and “Regálame unos billetitos” (give me some little bills.)

On Twitter, the posts of jets and cash are still up, even though his brother Jesús Alfredo Guzmán’s account has been suspended.

Translation: (“I distract myself with women, but I’m always aware of my tasks.”)

Guzman’s Facebook profile is still visible, although his last few posts were also from 2015.

Posted by Ivan Archivaldo Guzman on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And El Chapo’s son isn’t the only one taking to social media to showcase his lifestyle.

The first post on his profile shows four guns on top of a Porsche, with an accompanying caption of “For protection.”

Another post shows money, guns and expensive brand labels.


In another Instagram account titled @narcocultura_, there are several photos showing gold plates, guns, and cash on a table.

The post is captioned in Spanish, “los tiempos de antes,” translated as: way back when.

Will social media companies continue to suspend these accounts or will these drug cartel leaders continue to snap a photo and upload? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


READ: Mexican Authorities Are Trying To Piece Together The Mysterious Death Of The’Narcos’ Location Scout Near Hidalgo

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Kate del Castillo Sets the Record Straight About El Chapo on ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’

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Kate del Castillo Sets the Record Straight About El Chapo on ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’

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In a bombshell episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans”, superstar Mexican actress Kate del Castillo went on the record about the event that changed the course of her life: her meeting with the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

In an episode entitled “Surviving Betrayal: Kate del Castillo’s Comeback”, the telenovela star attempts to clear her name.

As background, del Castillo attracted global attention when the media discovered that she had been talking to and visiting with El Chapo after his 2015 escape from prison. According to del Castillo, their entire relationship (which she insists was strictly platonic) was sparked by a message she Tweeted out in which she said: “Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzman than in the governments that hide truths from me.” Emboldened by this state, El Chapo took it upon himself to contact the telenovela actress, whom he had long admired, for a meeting. 

Screenshot via Facebook/Red Table Talk: The Estefans

Del Castillo insisted that the meeting was purely business-related. 

Del Castillo told El Chapo she wanted to make a movie about his life, and he agreed. Soon enough, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn expressed his interest in the movie. And before they knew it, Penn, his producers, and del Castillo all hopped on a private jet to meet El Chapo.

It was at this meeting that Penn conducted his infamous “Rolling Stone” interview with El Chapo–an interview that del Castillo helped translate. Del Castillo told the Estefans that El Chapo was staring at her with a massive smile on his face the whole time she was there–he only had eyes for her. 

At the end of the night, El Chapo showed her to the room she would be staying in. “We didn’t even know that we were going to stay there!” del Castillo told the Estefans. “I thought I was going to be raped and definitely killed or something like that. He could’ve done whatever the hell he wanted to.” But El Chapo left her alone and the visit ended shortly after that. 

Del Castillo claims that her and Penn got out of there in the nick of time. “Literally 24-hours after we left, the military came in and started shooting,” she said. 

Although del Castillo left the meeting with her life intact, her future was forever changed.

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Del Castillo was charged by the Mexican government with obstruction of justice and money laundering. Sean Penn, however, struck a deal with “Rolling Stone” to be covered under journalism laws–he and his producing partners got off scott-free.

More than anything, del Castillo felt betrayed and foolish that she was used as a pawn by Sean Penn. “When all of us committed the same crime, why was I the only one with charges?” del Castillo asked the Estefans. Not only was del Castillo embroiled in legal controversy, but a media circus cropped up around her as well.

Rumors of a romance between her and El Chapo abounded–rumors that she vehemently denies. 

Del Castillo choked up as she explains the torture that her parents went through in those days. “[The press] were saying that I was ‘la puta del Chapo’. That I had business with him, that I was laundering money.” But del Castillo says her parents always stood by her and never believed the rumors.

Because of the ordeal, Kate del Castillo was forced to flee Mexico, leaving her family, friends, and career behind. She has now taken up residence in Los Angeles. But del Castillo feels anything but safe. “I got a gun, and I sleep with my gun next to me,” she revealed. She believes that the Mesican government is embarassed that she was able to locate El Chapo before they were. “Everybody here knows that if something happens to me or my family, it’s not el cartel. It’s going to be the Mexican government,” she said. 

To this day, there is no evidence that El Chapo ever paid del Castillo any money. But still, del Castillo has not returned to Mexico. Check out the “Red Table Talk: the Estefans” episode, “Surviving Betrayal: Kate del Castillo’s Comeback” here.

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Bad Bunny Is Set to Make His Acting Debut In the Upcoming Season of ‘Narcos: Mexico’

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Bad Bunny Is Set to Make His Acting Debut In the Upcoming Season of ‘Narcos: Mexico’

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There’s a new Hollywood actor in town and his name is Bad Bunny. That’s right, Netflix just announced that the Puerto Rican reggaeton artist is going to have a supporting role in the third season of “Narcos: Mexico”. Yes, we may still be sad over Diego Luna leaving the beloved Netflix franchise, but having Bad Bunny on screen is more than a good enough consolation prize.

Bad Bunny initially teased his involvement with the show when he graced the cover of “Rolling Stone” in May, saying that he would be a “supporting actor” in the upcoming season. Entertainment outlets have now reported that Bad Bunny will play Arturo “Kitty” Paez, a member of the “Narco Junior” gang run by Ramon Arellano Felix (Manuel Masalva). The role is supposed to be a relatively small one.

According to Netflix, the Narco Junior gang is made up of “rich, well connected kids from upper society who fell in with the cartel life for the money, drugs, and violence.” We can totally see Bad Bunny doing this.

The newest season is supposed to set in Mexico of the 1990s when the illegal drug trade started to really globalize. The series will follow “a new generation of Mexican kingpins” who fight for power after Felix Gallardo’s empire “splinters”. Sounds like juicy stuff!

Bad Bunny started shooting his scenes in Mexico right after he joined Shakira and Jennifer Lopez during the Superbowl halftime show in February. But shortly after he arrived in Mexico, production promptly shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. For his part, Bad Bunny didn’t seem so sad about the delay, saying that he “needed the rest” after such an intense year. But thankfully for us, it appears the production finally wrapped and the show is headed for our smalls screens! We can’t wait to see if he’s as talented at acting as he is at music.

Naturally, Bad Bunny fans couldn’t help but stan over the news.

Some people were already huge fans of “Narcos: Mexico” and this casting announcement just cemented their love for the show.

As Netflix probably wanted, the announcement grabbed the attention of people who had never even seen the show before.

Tweets like this prove that this was a smart casting decision.

But other fans were suspicious, having been burnt before by so-called celebrity “cameos”.

This sort of reminds us when they hyped Cardi B’s role in “Hustlers” for weeks and then she only appeared for a few minutes.

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