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« Topic Start: March 17, 2007, 02:47:52 pm »


Who Is Jesus Malverde, and Can He Really Make Drugs Invisible?


Statues of Jesús Malverde are selling like hotcakes in East Portland—as well as aerosols, trading cards, and candles emblazoned with his picture. Dressed in his distinctive white suit, with a prominent moustache, he's either the patron saint of narcotics, or the Mexican Robin Hood... depending on whom you're talking to, and why you're asking. Some people even believe having one of these statues close by makes their stash of drugs invisible—which is just fine, if you happen to be a cop.

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« Reply #1: March 17, 2007, 06:40:20 pm »

Who Is Jesus Malverde, and Can He Really Make Drugs Invisible?

That's a really ODD connection as he was quite popular in San Antonio for a completely different reason. There folks would ask for his help getting green cards for their relatives and the like -- he was sort of the patron saint of immigration loopholes. I don't think I ever heard of a Jesús Malverde - Drug Lord connection until this article.
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« Reply #2: March 17, 2007, 09:38:55 pm »

Jesús Malverde is very popular in Mexico, Central and South America especially in narco trafficing areas.
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« Reply #3: March 18, 2007, 09:12:14 pm »

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Nevertheless, Malverde's use alone as a possible indicator of criminal activity is of concern to Alejandro Queral—the executive director of the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center. He's worried that the cops may end up inadvertently targeting innocent Latinos, just because they happen to be fascinated with Malverde's legacy.

Beyond the fact that it's pretty stupid to keep a statue in one's house that the federales recognize and probably use to get warrants, this guy has a point.

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"Historically, people of Mexican origin have made folk heroes out of those aengaging in some kind of defiant activity," says Isidro Ortis—a professor of Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. "So this may not just be about glorifying drug dealing, but could be seen in that larger context of defiance."

Now that's my kinda saint.  I wonder if statues of Robin Hood could be used to the same effect?   Grin

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« Reply #4: March 22, 2007, 05:53:42 pm »

That's a really ODD connection as he was quite popular in San Antonio for a completely different reason. There folks would ask for his help getting green cards for their relatives and the like -- he was sort of the patron saint of immigration loopholes. I don't think I ever heard of a Jesús Malverde - Drug Lord connection until this article.
It begins to sound to me like he's the patron saint of Not Getting Caught.

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« Reply #5: March 22, 2007, 05:56:35 pm »

It begins to sound to me like he's the patron saint of Not Getting Caught.

It does, doesn't it?
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