Two American women married to the now incarcerated brothers who ran ‘El Chapo’s’ deadly Sinaloa drug cartel activities in the US are speaking out about how they fear for their lives after their husbands agreed to rat out the drug lord.
Mia and Olivia Flores (not their real names), daughters of Chicago cops, married twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores Jr. when the two men were climbing the ladder from Chicago street dealers to running the US operations of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
But their flashy lifestyle came to an end in 2012, after the Flores twins were sentenced to prison for 14 years for their part in smuggling 71 tons of cocaine and heroin into the US, along with $2billion in cash.
Mia and Olivia Flores (left, wearing wigs), revealed that they are living in fear and hiding while speaking with Fox News. The women are married to the twin brothers who once ran El Chapo’s US drug trafficking operations, but have since agreed to testify against him in court
Mia and Olivia (not their real names) use pseudonyms and behave like regular ‘soccer moms’ while they’re hiding, so they can fly under the radar and give their children ‘a normal life’
The brothers agreed to testify for the DEA against Guzmán and are now considered to be key witnesses in the prosecution’s case to bring the drug lord to justice in America. They are expected to testify at his New York City trial next year.
Meanwhile, the two women say they live in constant fear that El Chapo’s associates are out to get them, they told Fox News in an exclusive interview.
Olivia Flores, shrouded in darkness and wearing a wig and sunglasses while on camera, detailed how she and her sister-in-law have been trying to blend into the background where they live, behaving like regular old ‘soccer moms’ to avoid drawing attention to themselves.
‘We do not share our real names,’ Olivia told Fox News, adding that they ‘have to constantly remember our lies’ while hiding and avoiding their neighbors so they can ‘try to fly under the radar.’
Pedro (left) and twin brother Margarito Flores Jr. were sentenced to 14 years in prison for smuggling 71 tons of cocaine and heroin into the US, along with $2billion in cash. They have agreed to testify against their former boss, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, during his trial in 2018
Mia and Olivia Flores say they fear that Guzmán’s (pictured) associates are out to get them
The women are doing all of this to try to ‘give our children a normal life,’ Olivia said.
At the same time, the two Flores wives are pulling back the curtain on their lives before and after their husbands agreed to help bring down Guzmán in their new book, ‘Cartel Wives: A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love and Bringing Down El Chapo,’ which hits bookstores today.
During the taped interview with Fox News, Olivia distinguished the Flores brothers from other cartel members who are convinced to flip on their boss after being apprehended.
‘Our husbands were never caught,’ Olivia noted, adding that, instead, they made the decision to work with US authorities and ‘turn in’ Guzmán.
‘They wanted to make a difference,’ she said. ‘They wanted to help dismantle something that they helped build.’
Mia, who also spoke from the shadows while wearing a wig and sunglasses, praised the brothers for being ‘courageous’ and ‘brave’ when deciding to turn on Guzmán.
‘It was either, you know, do that or die. And it wasn’t easy for us,’ she said.
The sisters-in-law wrote this book detailing their lives before and after their drug trafficking husbands were sent to prison and agreed to testify against their former drug lord boss
Mia also noted that the brothers ‘made a lot of money’ and were ‘a big asset’ to Guzmán because of their fluency with operating within the US — something that the drug lord’s team wasn’t familiar with.
Olivia said that the Flores twins — English-speaking US citizens — are ‘probably the strongest witnesses in this case’ against Guzmán, adding that they were the first to get a conversation with him on tape and that ‘they’ve trafficked drugs across the US.’
The sisters-in-law say that they do feel ‘very remorseful’ about the ‘damage’ that their husbands did while they were bringing Guzmán’s drugs into America.
‘Our husbands denounced that life and they tried to take something so negative, and they tried to dismantle what they helped build, and that was bringing Chapo Guzmán to a US courtroom,’ Olivia said.
‘At the end of the day, what our husbands did put a dent in the drug trade. We did our part to say I’m sorry, and we denounce this life,’ Mia said.
El Chapo was captured by authorities in his Mexico hideout in January 2016. He is currently being held in the maximum-security wing of New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while he awaits his trial.