Mexican drug lords may be importing more than cocaine from the Andean region. It looks as if they’re also bringing in beauty queens and models as girlfriends.
The latest case may be that of Juliana Sossa, the winner of a 2008 Colombian beauty pageant, who was arrested Tuesday alongside a man who’s accused of leading a drug gang.
Sossa, 25, wore a bulky black parka and loose blue jeans when police took her on a perp walk, a far cry from the revealing swimwear that she dons in publicity videos posted on YouTube.
Police said Sossa unwittingly helped them track down Jorge Balderas Garza, who’s known by the nickname “El J.J.” and is suspected of leading a drug gang, when she wrote on her Facebook page that she lives in the Bosques de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City. Police said they knew Sossa was the alleged drug lord’s girlfriend.
“I like modeling and I’ve participated in contests like Antioquia 2008 and others that are less well known,” Sossa wrote on her Facebook page, adding that she speaks Spanish, English and Italian.
In addition to drug-trafficking charges, her boyfriend is accused of shooting Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Cabanas in the head in a Mexico City nightclub on Jan. 25, 2010. The news shocked Paraguayans, who’d hoped the star would lead the national squad to last summer’s World Cup. Though Cabanas recovered, his playing days are over.
Friday, January 21, 2011
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