Jesus Malverde is the Patron Saint of Drug Traffickers
Also Known as: The “Generous Bandit”, “Angel of the Poor”, “Narco-Saint”
Jesus Malverde Narco Saint is a legend of Sinaloa, Mexico. Malverde is more than a fleeting afterthought, he is a vital ingredient in the prayers and convictions of deeply religious Mexican families. May 3rd starts off wild celebrations in his honor and Culiacan State comes alive with revellers and worshippers paying their respects to his honour.
The Legendary Malverde is a True Folklore Hero Worshiped by Hordes of Mexicans with a Penchant for Illegal Activities
Arising from Culiacan, Sinaloa State, Jesus Malverde was born in 1870 and died in 1909. He was from Yoreme and Spanish heritage and his full name was possibly Jesús Juarez Mazo. Like all gun slinging legends, he died young. Hung by the police aged 39, his body left to rot as a show of force by the Governor Francisco Canedo whose sword he was said to have stolen.
Even though it was Canedo who offered to pardon Malverde if he could steal his sword. When the ghost-like bandit succeeded, this embarrassed the Governor and like any corrupt official, he went back on his word and sent his men out to capture Jesus Malverde.
Jesus Malverde Narco Saint – Patron of Drug Traffickers
If there’s no faith, there are no miracles or so the saying goes. Such is the power of Jesus Malverde that the old pile of pebbles that signifies Malverde’s tomb at Tianguis Malverde – Malverde Market – has even stopped heavy machinery from operating in the area. Apparently the owner, wanting to make way of the disintegrating pebbles and old rusty iron cross that sits atop of them, itself encased in an old bird cage, arranged for the construction work to start, but the soul of Malverde wouldn’t let things proceed and the ground workers plant would break down. With Jesus Malverde’s story embellished by such tales, the legend is perpetuated and nobody would dare question the authenticity, especially in a country where 76.5% are Roman Catholic. Christianity is taken seriously here.
Drinks and Candles Surround Jesus Malverde Narco Saint’s Shrine
There are people who have come face to face with Malverde in their time of need. When a young Florentino Ventura was working in the sea pearl diving, he almost drowned, becoming entangled in his diving rope. Stuggling for air as he sunk deeper into the darkening water, he wriggled, writhed and fought for his life.
Then out of nowhere, the silhouette of the famous bandit, the narco saint himself, Jesus Malverde appeared alongside him. Florentino was no longer going to die at the tender age of 23.
It was his lucky day, his newfound friend gave him the strength to untangle himself and break free. Rising to the surface, he inhaled the air his lungs screamed out for. Before he had the chance to dry himself, he headed straight to the shrine of Jesus Malverde in Culiacan to thank the generous bandit for saving his life.
Florentino had started out with a new career in politics, but he says he found more honesty and integrity in the Narco Saint Jesus Malverde than he ever did meeting politicians.
Such belief has ensured that he tends the Malverde’s shrine by sleeping by the statue of him every third night. His dedication is testament to the high esteem that he holds the Angel of the Poor.
Countless others have tales as amazing as Florentino Ventura.
The Narco Saint is Said to Give Protection to Criminals
It is widely believed, with strong certainty that Jesus Malverde Narco Saint has worked miracles, saving many cartel members from going to jail. One guy said that the NYPD police dog alerted his handler that there was heroin in the car, but the police couldn’t find the drugs. This is the type of work that Malverde does on behalf of fawning criminals.
How can anything else explain such an extraordinary lucky break – potentially saving a man from a life sentence in an American penitentiary.
It is not Known if Malverde Actually Ever Lived
Ironically, as his fame spreads to the United States of America and now the World over, it is not even assured that Narco Saint Jesus Malverde is as real as his crazy escapades. Stories of his death vary. Some say he was killed by a friend. Others say that he was shot and killed by the police.
There is also uncertainty as to whether his story was a fabrication from two or three real bandits. Whatever the reality, Malverde (which means bad-green) a name given to him by his victims. Alluding to the green of the money and the misfortune that accompanied them. His name is far to popular a myth to fade away. This little piggy will be going to market for a long time yet. His merchandise is sold by stall holders who will regale you with his fantastical exploits, good luck stories and miracle workings.
Malverde in Popular Mexican Culture
It is testament to his popularity that the Generous Bandit has a series of films named after him. They are about drug trafficking by the Cartels into Los Angeles, California. Well it is only fitting that a bandit would conduct business in the City of Angels.
Of the many thousands of ordinary Mexicans who believe in Malverde’s power, they all have one thing in common, leaving notes by his shrine. Glowing candles shed flickering light on such lines as: “Dear Malverde, please call off the friends that I had a problem with last year. They have been looking for me and my family and we have had to stay in hiding.”
Others read: “Thank you, Jesus Malverde, for saving me from a life of drugs. It is only with your kindness that I could finally turn things around.” The person left a photograph of themselves, smiling surrounded by family members, all of them enjoying the festivities. Drink and marijuana joints in their hands. Malverde doesn’t mind, he is said to encourage such things.
By 1970 the Legend had Been Established
It wasn’t until the 1970s that Jesus Malverde really started to get his name as the Narco Saint. Until then he’d just been the Angel of the Poor or the Generous Bandit. The building scare really worried Malverde’s folowers, because they were horrified that the sacred old tomb of Malverde could have been lost forever. How could such as thing happen? Thankfully someone come to the rescue of the rescuer…
Eligio Gonzalez has built a new shrine and now it is fit for purpose, not just a pile of pebbles, but an altar that a pharaoh might be proud of. It is with this new temple that the legend of the Narco Saint really took off with gusto. Trust is always in short supply in Mexico, reporters think that Gonzalez has his hands in the till. They say that for all his promises of buying wheelchairs for the poor and other kind deeds, in an image taken straight from the Narco Saint’s playbook, he must really be servicing his own requirements.
Maybe they should have more trust because Eligio isn’t dressed with the latest haute couture, his clothes threadbare give testament to the work he puts in and money he truly shares out. Not to mention the 9500 burials he has had to fork out for, which naturally don’t come cheap, even in Mexico. Being a grave digger is a very busy job and to expedite any burial will no doubt need a kickback.
By the 80s and 90s Jesus Malverde’s Name had Taken off Big Time
With a big name comes big power. Malverde doesn’t do things by halves, hence the huge list of jobs he has to pull off. Father Christmas has it easy by comparison. He has to tend with crop failures, family problems, friendship issues, prison sentences, money, love, plus a myriad of other typical everyday things that you go to your Narco Saint for instead of the regular lay preacher.
I mean, it just has a way cooler ring to it when regaling your mates. “Hell, yeah, Boys, today I went to leave a not with Malverde.” Beats the brakes off phoning the Samaritans.
They say Jesus Malverde Likes to see People Being Happy
Since 2007 Malverde has a beer named after him in Guadalajara, which is great for his party image. Senor Malverde seems an all-round great guy to have on your side. Don’t forget to give him the first puff off your marijuana joint, though, as that is a tradition that his followers like to keep up during the festivities.
Cartel Life is all About the Money, as you Know
Jesus Malverde Narco Saint even has solid silver liberty black ruthenium 1 0z coins named after him. Bling! Bling! Not sure where you can spend them, though. Perhaps they’re just a showpiece like the old coins that Grandma used to collect with the Queen’s head on?
The Godfather of Crime is on Hanging Artistic Pieces, Posters and Pictures
In the Jardines de Humaya Cemetery in the state of Sinaloa, there are vast mausoleums with bullet-proof glass and air-conditioned tombs. They house the dead loved ones of the biggest bosses in Sinaloa. These dead men are surrounded by luxury that many people never see during life, such is the wealth of the infamous mafia families.
One saying goes the bigger the building the more the guilt of the family, as they feel they let their son, father, brother down. How true this is one can only assume. Regardless these monuments are stunningly beautiful and no dead person would feel let down if they could see where they are resting now.
Just Look at the Beautiful Ladies that the Generous Bandit has Hanging On!
There are plenty of dark-haired stunners to show their love for Jesus Malverde. If only he was still around to take it all in. Awe well he is here in spirit I guess. Seems baseball caps are equally popular with the ladies and men. They help keep the sun out of your eyes when linking up for a spot of cartel business.
Busts are Popular in TV Series of The Patron Saint of Drug Traffickers
They go down well in shrines and altars and are quite sophisticated quality wise. Merchandise of Jesus Malverde is very popular, ranging from a few dollars to the high thousands. It all depends on whether you want luxury jewellery, a questionable choice making yourself a walking robbery target in the murder capital of the world. Suppose if you’re in the Mafia it is obligatory.
Ornaments Aplenty when Jesus Malverde Narco Saint is Involved
Sat in his luxurious chair, dressed to impress, Jesus Malverde counts his money ready to give to the poor. Whether this actually happened or not in his potentially fictitious past, it is definitely a practice that goes on today. They say money can’t buy love. Narco trafficante’s would no doubt say otherwise.
The single mothers who get handed money once or twice a month would also say otherwise. The hawks that keep a look out on the streets, them and the sicarios, they too, would say otherwise. Reality is that people depend on the Mexican underworld to pay their bills. This in turn buys loyalty and helps wise mafia bosses avoid the law. Whether these acts are purely selfish or truly Robin Hood-esque, one can only guess again. It would seem that the truth most likely lies mid-way.
Finding Peace in a World full of Turmoil
People who’ve made it out of the ghetto with so much money they don’t know what to do with it. You can only hide so much in your house walls, after all. Handing it out to struggling villagers must warm the cockles of the heart – even the often stone cold heart of a cartel boss. Praying to Jesus Malverde Narco Saint is another way of finding peace in a world full of turmoil.
The legend of Jesus Malverde Narco Saint is now spreading North up through the United States; no doubt mainly from the influx of Mexicans in the southern states of California and Texas. Like all migrants, people don’t just bring themselves, they bring their believes and practices. Good or bad. Mexicans are no different.
As much as we know Jesus Malverde is born of evil, we can’t help but understand the hope he brings to often troubled people who have no choice, but to pray and ask for his help because they are gripped by fear of crime and hurting from poverty.
It’s more a sad indicator of the world around us than the fault of Malverde himself.