Controversy over planned ‘narco museum’ in Sinaloa town

By Kendal Blust
Published: Monday, November 7, 2022 - 5:05am
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The hometown of well-known drug-lords like “El Chapo” could soon be the site of a museum on the history of cartels in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

The mayor of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, recently stirred up controversy by proposing the town build a "narco museum" dedicated to the history of drug trafficking in the state.

Mayor Jose Paz Lopez said in an interview with the news site Milenio that Badiraguato needs to preserve its history, and that the museum be an economic boon for the town, attracting tourism and sharing an anti-drug message. He said it would include weapons, vehicles and other belongings from drug-lords, and perhaps life-size wax figures of them.

However, the idea received swift backlash. Sinaloa Gov. Ruben Rocha Moya said he emphatically opposes the museum in the town known for its loyal, hard working people.

Badiraguato is the hometown of several Sinaloa Cartel leaders, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Rafael Caro Quintero, among others.

The museum is expected to cost nearly $800,000 to build.

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