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Cartel Wives: New book details untold story behind takedown of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

June 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel Wives: New book details untold story behind takedown of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

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As drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman awaits trial from a jail cell in Manhattan, two moms are hiding in the shadows — fearful for their children’s lives.

The two American mothers are not holding anything back in their explosive tell-all book “Cartel Wives” where they outline life in the violent and incredibly luxurious life of Mexican drug dealers.

Their husbands, who are identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores Jr., were once top associates of the Sinaloa Cartel and Beltran Leyva Organization.

Also known as Junior and Peter, the U.S. citizens from Chicago’s West Side transported billions of dollars worth of drugs into the country before going rogue.

In 2008, the brothers became informants for the federal government, accumulating evidence against the world’s most dangerous criminals.

‘El Chapo’ was extradited to New York back on January 19th

The brother, who are currently in the federal prison system, are expected to appear as star witnesses in El Chapo’s trial.

Their wives, only identified by the pseudonyms Olivia and Mia, are enrolled in the witness protection program. Both are mothers of two children whose lives are also at stake from the ruthless criminal organization.

The women maintain that they came out with the book as a cautionary story. However, there’s an alternative story: When their husbands are freed in 2021, their once plentiful wealth will be in short supply.

Olivia, 42, and Mia, 37, were both daughters of police officers in Chicago.

While still a teen, Olivia had a crew smuggling drugs out of Mexico.

According to the New York Daily News, when she met Junior, she’d served time behind bars and was married to Kevin “K” Garcia, a felon and flashy gangster associated with Chicago’s Latin Kings. Olivia was working a leading position at his music label, Dinero Records.

A courtroom sketch depicting the 2015 moment Pedro and Margarito Flores were sentenced to 14 years behind bars.

She said that K collaborated with DMX, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes and Kanye West as a rising star. After Garcia had been gunned down by a rival gang in 2003, Olivia continued to music producing.

She then got married to Junior. Her new husband and his twin Peter were major leaders in Chicago’s drug scene. Junior, who hung out with R. Kelly, made the connections. Peter was in charge of logistics.

Mia, a former hair stylist, was living in a condo bought for her by Peter. They often strolled down the block to Chanel and Cartier until the federal government busted them.

Olivia and Junior had already moved to Mexico in 2004, living close to his father, Margarito Sr., had raised his sons to work in the cartel trade.

Peter fled south of the border after he was warned that law enforcement was hunting the twins down.

Mia then followed. The couples both enjoyed a comfortable life, sharing a 10-bedroom ranch house at the peak of a mountain.

However, the city of Guadalajara summoned. While there, Olivia alleges to have scored a million-dollar contract with Universal Records. Building relationships with “Cool, Dre and Scott Storch,” she worked with producers such as Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, and the Trackmasters.

Drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, seen here in a 2009 photo.

Peter was abducted in 2005. Betrayed by an esteemed associate, there was no one to go to except El Chapo.

The influential leader of the Sinaloa Cartel regarded the two Americans as nothing more than low-level drug dealers.

Junior bribed his way into the kingpin’s Sierra Madre compound. He pressed the ledgers Peter kept into El Chapo’s hands.

El Chapo recognized that the brothers transported plenty of drugs and kept up with their bills. Soon after, Peter, emaciated and wounded, was reunited with his family.

The brothers were invited back to Chapo’s stunning residence. On the way, they walked past a man who was bound to a tree.

His body was so bloodied; it was hard to tell he was alive or dead.

El Chapo was a gracious host and had chefs who prepared an amazing spread. For dessert, he gave them the opportunity to work for him.

Already at a high level in the BLO, it was an amazing chance for two men to be recognized by high-level drug lords.

Chicago twins Pedro and Margarito Flores are considered two of the highest ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel ever to cooperate with U.S. authorities

In 2006, the Flores brothers were making up to $7 million a month, overwhelming Los Angeles with cocaine. From there, trucks traveled to all major U.S. cities, with Chicago being the central hub.

In the meantime, El Chapo grew to adore Junior and Peter, embracing them as family. The twins were regular guests of the drug lord, which Chapo kept fully packed with young female virgins.

So much money was being made, Mia indicated, that she became oblivious to it. In the room next to hers in their penthouse, Junior and Peter kept as much as $3 million in stacks, and she would just grab two or three as needed.

By the end of 2007, the Florio’s met with two members from China who smuggled five-gallon tubs packed with pseudoephedrine powder. The deal ended with a night out at a strip club in Puerto Vallarta.

Olivia and Mia went with them, sipping champagne, and dancing when a team burst through the doors with AK-47s.

Forced into an armored SUV with Junior and Peter, Olivia managed to secretly open her Nextel and press the two-way button. She couldn’t take her finger off, or it would make a sound.

Shouting at her masked abductor, she began negotiating their release.

“The U.S. is coming for you, and you’re going to spend the rest of your life in prison,” he replied.

The masked man’s phone went off. The Mexican immigration office was informed that Arturo Beltran Leyva, the leader of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, had reached out.

Adrian Flores, the twins’ brother, picked up Olivia’s call and requested the cartels. The drug lords, including El Chapo, were in a cluster, willing to free $5 million sitting on a nearby runway to gain their freedom.

It wasn’t going enough, however, because the U.S. Marshals were approaching. Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Investigacion put on their war gear, and the cartels had blockaded all roads into Puerto Vallarta.

Cartel wives

The standoff concluded when 100 cartel soldiers confronted the AFI with their AK-47s ready to shoot. The Florios and their wives were brought back to Guadalajara in armored cars and were released.

Shortly afterward the Sinaloa and BLO cartels began fighting. By 2008, the Florios were bringing $50 million worth of cocaine into the U.S. on a monthly basis.

However, soon after the Americans returned home and accepted a deal.

The Florios’ agreement was dependent on capturing El Chapo and other cartel heads in self-incriminating conversations on tape. The only guarantee extracted in return by their attorney was a lenient sentence.

Frightening months followed as the twins secretly obtained evidence incriminating Mexico’s most dangerous gangsters.

El Chapo ended up being more obscure than the others.

Finally, Peter busted the drug lord tape negotiating the cost of a twenty-kilo load of heroin.

A courtroom sketch shows defense attorneys Michael Schneider, Michelle Gelernt and their client Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman. (JANE ROSENBERG/REUTERS)

Soon after, the brothers were told to go to the airport. Olivia and Mia and their children, made their race to the border before the cartels figured out what happened.

When they arrived in the U.S., the two women declined to enter the Witness Protection Program. Living under assumed identities, each was forced to relocate several times to settle within reach of whatever prison their husbands were in.

Olivia confessed that she made some money on her trip back north.

“I’ll be honest,” she stated. “It was millions of dollars. But when you lived the way we lived, that kind of money doesn’t seem abnormal.

“We’d be downsizing in the United States.”

In 2010, law enforcement officials ordered the money to be returned. Olivia remembers loading an Audi SUV with boxes of cash inserted into Junior’s account.

In January 2015, the Florio brothers were sentenced to 14 years and ordered to relinquish over $3.5 million.

Both are behind bars, separately, under the Witness Security Program. As such, they’re currently two of 500 at-risk informants transported among maximum-security prisons in remote locations whenever a threat is made.

Their names are listed on the extradition document of high-level cartel members. Both Olivia and Mia are terrified for their lives and their children, particularly after El Chapo arrived in the U.S.

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