Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar is a Mexican fashion designer and businesswoman who is best recognized as the daughter of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, Mexican drug trafficker and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who is currently serving life sentence at the supermax prison ADX Florence. She has not been directly linked with her father's drug business, which is very much active and is run by some of her family members. However, she holds the rights to the 'El Chapo 701' brand which was announced in 2019 and offers clothing and accessories. The products are reportedly made by prison inmates and the profits help in rehabilitating inmates into the society. She also founded an addiction treatment association and is eyeing to launch an 'El Chapo' beer. Previously in 2012, a seven-months-pregnant Alejandrina had spent her 31st birthday in the protective custody lock-up at the Metropolitan Detention Center in San Diego after attempting to enter the United States with fraudulent documents. Recently, her cordoned-off wedding at a Mexican cathedral received criticism from professionals as well as common people for showing how much power the notorious cartels held in the area and for exposing their ties to the Mexican Catholic Church.
Arrest in the US
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar surfaced on the news for the first time after she was arrested by US officials at the San Ysidro port of entry in October 2012 for having counterfeit documents. She was impersonating a Mexican woman named Paola Ortega while presenting her documents to the officials, who were able to detect the fake visa in her Mexican passport. She identified herself as the daughter of El Chapo, who was then the world's most wanted drug trafficker, which the officials later confirmed via fingerprint scan. She was 31 years old at the time and was seven months pregnant. She revealed that she was a doctor from Guadalajara working as a general practitioner and admitted that she came to the country to give birth to her daughter and was scheduled to meet the father of her child in Los Angeles.
Interestingly, El Chapo's new young wife and former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro had given birth to twin girls in Los Angeles County Hospital the previous year, but she was not detained because she was an American citizen and had valid documents. While Alejandrina's mother Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández and brother Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar were blacklisted by the US Treasury Department in June 2012, she was deported back to Mexico in December that year after she pleaded guilty of possessing fake visa in federal court. The officials said that she did not seem to be a key figure in the cartel operations and that entering the US to give birth was a common practice.
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Family & Personal Life
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar was born on October 15, 1981 to Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán and his first wife Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández. She is the eldest daughter of her parents, who were married in 1977, and has three full siblings: César, Iván Archivaldo, and Jesús Alfredo. She also has at least six more half-siblings from her father's three other marriages. Her father, who had escaped from Mexican prison twice, was later extradited to the US and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2019.
At the time of her arrest in 2012, it was reported online that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar was married to Dr. Juan Carlos Magana Jimenez, a medical practitioner from Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. They were married for about two years when she was arrested. While she was deported to Mexico before she gave birth to their daughter, nothing more about her marriage or child is known.
In early February 2020, news spread on international outlets that El Chapo’s daughter got married to the relative of another crime kingpin in a Mexican cathedral. The newspaper 'Reforma' reported that Alejandrina married Édgar Cázares, the nephew of 'the narco empress' and alleged cartel money launderer Blanca Margarita Cázares Salazar, in a lavish closed-door ceremony at the Sinaloa cathedral on January 25, 2020. The bride arrived in a white bulletproof limo, while the wedding guests, mostly members of the Sinaloa Cartel, arrived in armored vehicles as well. At the reception held at a Culiacán venue called Álamo Grande, her mother María accompanied her on the dance floor in place of her father, who was serving life sentence in a US prison. The popular norteño band Calibre 50 and the Grammy-nominated singer Julión Álvarez performed at the wedding, which was also celebrated with fireworks. The wedding was attended by her half-brother Ovidio Guzmán López. She had previously shared on Instagram the news of their engagement while on a skiing holiday.