Internet posts provide incriminating look at lives of Mexico’s narco families

11/25/2013 3:43 PM

12/02/2013 1:42 PM

The sons and daughters of Mexico’s most renowned outlaws just can’t refrain from posting photos of their lavish lifestyles online: Fat bundles of cash. Gold-plated assault rifles. Pet lions and tigers. Tricked-out dune buggies.

All is on display on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It’s like peering at a gossip magazine for the underground rich and famous as they hide from the law.

The arrest last week in Arizona of the son of the alleged No. 2 leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful criminal syndicate, brought attention to his social media accounts and those of his closest friends, including the son of the nation’s most wanted man, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Serafin Zambada Ortiz, 23, was detained Wednesday as he crossed on foot from Mexico to Nogales, Ariz. Zambada, the U.S.-born son of wanted Sinaloa leader Ismael Zambada, made the crossing despite his indictment in U.S. federal court on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine.

Going by his Twitter (@zambadaserafin) and Facebook posts, Zambada seemed eager to share with the world his decadent lifestyle, apparently feeling invulnerable.

On July 10, Zambada tweeted a photo of three gold- and silver-plated AK-47 assault rifles with the message, “partying and . . . taking care of ourselves.”

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