Sonia Barragan Perez is famous as Amado Carrillo Fuentes’ wife. Her name has become popular in the news because of her marriage to one of the most famous drug lords of the 20th century. They were the Bonnie and Clyde of the drug world until Amado’s death.
Sonia Barragan Perez’s Family
Sonia Barragan Perez’s personal life is shrouded in mystery, and many facts surrounding her life remain undocumented. There is no information available about her family, birthplace, siblings, etc. She rose to prominence because of her marriage to the drug kingpin, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and was since considered his right-hand woman.
Amado was born on December 17, 1956 to Walter Vicente Carrillo Vega and Aurora Fuentes in Guamuchilito, Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico. He had eleven siblings. Amado was the nephew of Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, also known as “Don Neto”, the Guadalajara Cartel leader. Amado got his start in the drug business under the tutelage of his uncle Ernesto and later brought in his brothers, and eventually his sons. The drug lord has 3 children with his wife Sonia. His son, Vicente Carrillo Leyva was born to his girlfriend, Candaleria Leyva Cardenas, who is his eldest son and later becomes one of the cartel’s leaders. Vicente is married to Celia Karina Quevedo Gastelum.
The pressure to capture Amado intensified among U.S. and Mexican authorities after people in Morelos state began silent marches against drug-related violence. Because of the pressure, Amado decided to undergo facial plastic surgery and abdominal surgery liposuction to change his appearance, to make his capture more difficult. However, during the operation, he died of complications on 4th July 1997, apparently caused either by a certain medication or a malfunctioning respirator (there is very little paperwork regarding his death).
Sonia Barragan Perez’s Net Worth
Sonia Barragan Perez and her husband lived very private and hidden lives. Amado Carrillo Fuentes’ made money from money laundering, arms, and drug trafficking. His net worth was estimated at a staggering $25 billion at the time of his death, which is about $45 billion by the present appraisals. Around the age of 12, Amado traveled to Chihuahua with nothing more than a sixth-grade education and began to learn the ins and outs of drug trafficking from his uncle, Ernesto, who eventually put his nephew in charge of overseeing drug shipments.
From there, Amado shot up the ladder. He consolidated his power in 1993 by assassinating his friend and former boss, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo, and took over his Juarez cartel. He soon earned the nickname “Lord of the Skies” because he chartered planes to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to the U.S.–Mexico border. He later worked with Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel smuggling drugs from Colombia to Mexico and the United States. Amado built a multibillion-dollar empire and became Mexico’s most powerful and richest drug trafficker.