The Chino Anthrax is a story that mixes drug trafficking with the Instagram social network.
The urban legend tells that José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, "El Chino Ántrax", was a regular on social networks, mainly on Instagram, where he published photos of his luxuries and excesses as well as allegedly raffling cars, cell phones, and designer glasses in exchange for followers.
A native of Culiacán, in Sinaloa, as a teenager he was a gang member who became famous for being effective in street fights for dominating neighborhoods such as Las Margaritas.
That reputation as a good fighter came to the ears of one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who immediately recruited him into the criminal organization where he went from gangster to hitman to became the boss's trustee and friends of their children. In particular, he developed a close relationship with Serafín Zambada, the youngest son of "El Mayo".
Aréchiga rose to fame in 2008 when he became the leader of "Los Ántrax", one of the armed groups of the cartel. He himself chose the name inspired by the Iraq war.
In 2009, with the arrest of Vicente Zambada Niebla "El Vicentillo", eldest son of "El Mayo", he positioned himself better in the power structure of the cartel. Over time he also left the neighborhood behind and became fond of international travel and luxuries. In a video on social networks, he is seen in a fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas where he briefly appears in a video with the socialite Paris Hilton.