Mexico’s Drug Kingpins Have Kids Who Tweet Guns and Stacks of Cash

Narco-Twitter accounts show glimpse inside cartel

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Mexico’s Drug Kingpins Have Kids Who Tweet Guns and Stacks of Cash

Narco-Twitter accounts show glimpse inside cartel

If you’re a wealthy and wanted Mexican drug cartel boss, it might be a bad idea for your kids to tweet photos of the family business.

Take, for example, Serafin Zambada. He’s an alleged drug trafficker and the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada—a senior leader and O.G. for the Sinaloa Cartel. On Nov. 20, the junior Zambada was arrested as he tried to cross the border into Nogales, Arizona.

His indictment is sealed but prosecutors allege the 23-year-old Zamada—who is also a U.S. citizen—conspired to smuggle meth and cocaine.

If Zambada’s Twitter account is any indication, he has a sweet tooth for exotic cats, private planes and expensive gifts—in addition to drugs and some very illegal weapons under the account @ZambadaSerafin. He didn't tweet much (his last was on Nov. 1), but it’s an outside window into a cartel which dominates the Mexican criminal underworld and global cocaine trade.

Tweets include stacks of $500 peso notes. “Weighing money,” he tweeted. There’s obligatory gold and silver-played AK-47 rifles. At last glance, he had nearly 11,000 followers.

His father, Ismael Zambada, is considered by the Treasury Department to be a “significant foreign narcotics trafficker” and the State Department has a $5 million bounty for information leading to his arrest. He’s widely considered to be the Sinaloa Cartel’s top strategist and second only to kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

El Chapo’s son is also purportedly in the Twitter game.

Alfredo Guzmán, rumored in the Mexican press in recent days to be the kingpin’s kid, tweets regularly under the username @AlfredoGuzma and counts 8,900 followers. He partially covers his face in his profile photo. He flashes a pistol next to a bucket of popcorn while at the movies. There’s even a teddy bear holding a carbine.

A photo from Nov. 5 appears to show a group of partially-camouflaged gunmen Guzmán terms his “armed commando.”

Another photo taken from within a vehicle shows a truck loaded with Mexican soldiers alongside. “This is who escorts me, the ones that should know, know it,” he tweeted.

Several photos from the account may also be the reclusive El Chapo, who hasn't been publicly photographed since a prison stint more than a decade ago. One photo purportedly shows the kingpin aiming a scoped rifle. Another shows a man with a resemblance to the drug boss carrying a rifle on horseback.

The images are not dated—and have not been verified.

But if authentic, it would reflect some comfort and security for the cartel’s rich and powerful. If Zambada’s arrest is any indication, that comfort doesn't necessarily cross the border.

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