Drug trafficker Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as the Boss of Bosses, denied in an interview having participated in the murder of U.S. agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, a crime for which he has been imprisoned for more than three decades.
"I don't know why I am being linked, because I never met him. I repeat: I am not a gun person. I am very sorry because I know he was a good man," he told the Telemundo network from the maximum security prison of Puente Grande, in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Felix Gallardo, founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, has been incarcerated since 1989 for the murder of Camarena, an agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), although he was not sentenced until 2017, when he was given 37 years in prison. The capo gave the US network his first interview from prison, in which he appeared in visibly deteriorated health at 75 years old.
"My health is terrible, my family is digging a hole for me to be buried in a tree, I have no prognosis for my life," he said. The Chief of Chiefs, who remains isolated in a maximum security cell, appeared seated in a wheelchair, "completely" blind in one eye and deaf in one ear, and supported at times by an oxygen cylinder.
He said that he has been "badly treated" in prison, denounced that he was arrested "without any arrest warrant" and criticized that 32 years in jail "is an eternity for a man who did not commit any crime". Furthermore, he assured that he never met the capos Ernesto Fonseca, released in 2017, nor Rafael Caro Quintero, a fugitive from justice, with whom he led the Guadalajara cartel in the 1970s and 1980s.
"I don't know them. On the street we never met. These people and I have never talked about it," he said.
He even denied the existence of "cartels in Guadalajara" and assured that before his capture he maintained "a family life" and that he was dedicated to agriculture, had some pharmacies and two old hotels.
He said that he has never thought of a "jailbreak" nor does he intend to take advantage of the release that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is preparing for Mexican prisoners over 75 years of age.
"I am a corpse that is no longer waiting to be buried at the root of a tree. I am not asking anything of the gentleman," he said.
Felix Gallardo and his associates Ernesto Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero founded and led the Guadalajara cartel in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the first Mexican criminal organizations to work with Colombian drug mafias.
DEA agent Enrique Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala were kidnapped by that cartel on February 7, 1985 in Guadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco, and subsequently murdered, and their bodies were found in the state of Michoacán.
Felix Gallardo was arrested in 1989 and after spending more than 20 years incarcerated in the Altiplano maximum security prison in the State of Mexico, he was moved to the Puente Grande maximum security prison in Jalisco.