Laura Zuniga Busted, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby … from Mexican Beauty Queen to Drug Trafficker & Gun Running

 

From Riches to Rags … Beauty Queen to Drug Trafficker … Miss Narco

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Meet disgraced Laura Zuniga, Miss Narco

Aren’t beauty contestants supposed to be for causes like world peace, starving children or environmental protection? Who knew that Mexican beauty queen Laura Zuniga pet project was drug trafficking. Laura Zuniga, the reigning beauty queen of Sinaloa, Mexico has been arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition. Laura Zuniga_bsHer statement to authorities was that she was with the men to go shopping in Bolivia and Colombia.

The bust by authorities included AR-15 assault rifles, 38 specials, 9mm handguns, nine magazines, 633 cartridges and $53,300 in U.S. currency. One of the men arrested with Laura Zuniga has ties to the leadership of the Juarez drug smuggling cartel.  Just another example of how drugs, guns and gangs have permeated Mexico and infiltrated so many aspects of life in Mexico.

A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police say.

Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged gunmen lined up before journalists. Soldiers wearing ski masks guarded the 23-year-old model and the suspects.

Zuniga was arrested shortly before midnight on Monday at a military checkpoint in Zapopan, just outside the colonial city of Guadalajara, said Jalisco state police director, Francisco Alejandro Solorio.

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This picture released by the Jalisco Goverment’s press office of the members of a gang arrested on December 22, 2008 in Jalisco, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Laura Zuniga (C), the Mexican beauty queen jailed after she was picked up with an alleged drug cartel leader and heavily armed men, has been stripped of one of her titles, Bolivian organizers said Saturday

The down fall of a beauty queen to the seedy side of Mexican Drug Trade.

But beneath the media frolics, the tale of the fallen beauty queen highlights the dark side of how sprawling crime syndicates have penetrated so many areas of Mexican life. With the cartels estimated to make $30 billion from smuggling narcotics, the U.S. Treasury has named dozens of Mexican companies, from dairy farms to clothing chains, as money launderers.

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Beauty Queen send Merry Christmas wishes from jail

Laura Zuniga was expected to represent Mexico in the 2009 Miss International contest. However, not so fast. Laura Zuniga has been stripped of her title by contest organizers as Zuniga “failed to follow the rules of the contest, which state that the winner must display correct behavior, stay away from scandals and bad habits, and be a good example to society.”

She placed third in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant in Monterrey in September. That pageant sends its winner to the Miss Universe contest. For placing third, she was expected to represent Mexico in the 2009 Miss International contest.

 



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  • Comments

    13 Responses to “Laura Zuniga Busted, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby … from Mexican Beauty Queen to Drug Trafficker & Gun Running”

    1. nurturer on December 28th, 2008 2:00 pm

      No Feliz Navidad for her.

    2. buster on December 28th, 2008 3:59 pm

      #1 Unless she was the subject of a cavity search

    3. EURobert on December 28th, 2008 6:16 pm

      How stupid can you be?! A very promising future ahead of you… And then mingle with the bad boys and get busted with drugs and arms… That is NOT a very smart move!

      # buster on December 28th, 2008 3:59 pm

      Go wash your mouth Buster!

    4. HOPE on December 29th, 2008 12:12 am

      EURobert:

      You’re so sweet…

      Thanks for the Christmas Music!

      .

      Buster?

      Need some soap?

    5. Kay Zee Ess on December 29th, 2008 12:32 am

      Methinks that she was already involved with the drug and gun runners, hence the reason that she won the tiara!!!

    6. Richard on December 29th, 2008 6:33 am

      We’ve seen the same pattern in Hollywood, I think, where some actresses used to hang out with the mob.

      Anyway, she’s probably following the lead of everyone else: go where the money is.

      And armed gangs seem to be in that place in Mexico, and elsewhere.

    7. Richard on December 29th, 2008 6:34 am

      For all I know, each of the contestants there is backed by an armed faction. Maybe there will be a grand free-for-all to resolve the contest.

    8. Sweet_Thang on December 29th, 2008 12:46 pm

      Maybe she can arrange a quick move to NY and be appointed as a US Senator. Or better yet, Illinois. She’s as qualified as many of the perps and half-wits currently running, I mean ruining our country.

      Not a US citizen? That’s an easy fix! She’s also got her own squad of brown shirts who can help get difficult legislation passed.

    9. nurturer on December 29th, 2008 2:32 pm

      #2 – Looks like a case of wishful thinking to me.

    10. EURobert on December 29th, 2008 4:35 pm

      # HOPE

      You’re welcome!

      That Christmas music was some of the Christmas music that was more or less imprinted in my mind when I was young. We can receive German television over here and the Germans are very good at those ‘traditional’ festivals and music and so on. They’re able to add a slightly deeper or even mysterious touch to it… So that’s why I posted them there.

    11. EURobert on December 30th, 2008 2:32 am

      #9 nurturer

      Yes, that’s what I thought too: ‘The wish is father to the thought!’

      Buster, maybe you should see a psychologist or talk to your minister or priest… or have some ‘thought-management’-classes… ;•)

    12. hoopsie on January 6th, 2009 8:38 am

      More simple minded sludge out of the way. Great job! Recycle and filter the weapons, dirt, money, and intell…and lets get back to work.

    13. Jumping To Conclusions Makes You Look Stupid on August 8th, 2009 2:08 pm

      Judge said she had no connection to criminal activity.

      Damn … those idiots who reacted too quickly.

      Their credibility is shot.

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