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Pedro Avilés Pérez

Pedro Avilés Pérez Mexican drug lord

Mexican drug lord
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Mexican drug lord
Was Criminal Drug lord
From Spain
Type Crime
Gender male
Birth 13 July 1938, Badiraguato
Death 15 September 1978, Sinaloa (aged 40 years)
The details

Pedro Avilés Pérez was a Mexican drug lord in the state of Sinaloa in the late 1960s. He is considered to be the first generation of major Mexican drug smugglers of marijuana. He was also the first known drug lord to use an aircraft to smuggle drugs to the United States.
Second generation Sinaloan traffickers such as Rafael Caro Quintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo would claim they learned all they knew about narcotrafficking while serving in the Avilés organization. Killed in a shootout with the Federal Police in September 1978, it is believed Avilés was set up by Fonseca, the gang's treasurer. Rafael Caro Quintero, Aviles' foreman in Chihuahua began acquiring marijuana and poppy plantations. Corruption of state officials was brokered by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, an emerging capo who had spent time in Sinaloa working as a Sinaloan State Police trooper and serving as body guard to Leopoldo Sánchez Celis, governor of Sinaloa.
The 2001 movie La Clave 7 (Code 7) is the story of the effort by the Mexican Army to bring down Pedro Avilés Pérez, directed and played by actor Jorge Reynoso.

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