Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Prayer cards of 19th-century 'Narco Saint' Jesus Malverde hot seller in Brooklyn and Queens - Proof the Mexico Drug Cartel is alive & strong in NYC

PHOTO: Jesus Malverde, the so-called Narco saint from Sinaloa, is becoming popular among illegal beaners in New York.

A “NARCO SAINT” revered by Mexican drug traffickers has become a hot seller in city botanicas, sharing shelf space with the Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Michael the Archangel.

Shop owners in Brooklyn and Queens say they’re selling out of prayer cards and candles featuring Jesus Malverde, a 19th-century folk hero who supposedly wards off law enforcement.

The icon is so closely associated with the drug trade across the border that U.S. prosecutors have been using it as evidence in narcotics cases.

“People come here to buy him for an altar for their home,” said Carlos Horiuchi, 31, who runs the La Guadalupana gift shop in Elmhurst, Queens.

“I think they sell marijuana, or maybe they just smoke it. I never ask people why. I just sell him to them.”

The mythical Robin Hood-type figure obviously isn’t recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church, but that hasn’t stopped his popularity from spreading from Mexico to New York.

Horiuchi sells an array of items, from $1 prayer cards to $160 statues of Malverde in his signature white shirt and red necktie, a pile of pesos under his left arm and a stack of bills in his right hand.

He has sold hundreds of two-foot statues and scores of beaded necklaces, scapulars and even baseball caps. Sales have picked up over the past six months, he said.

Said to be a 19th-century bandit hanged or shot by the authorities for his crimes, Malverde has been gaining traction in pop culture on both sides of the border.

A Mexican brewery named a beer after him, and his Sinaloa shrine was featured in a popular Telemundo soap opera.

In AMC’s methamphetamine drama “Breaking Bad,” a narcotics agent makes fun of a co-worker for putting a bust of Malverde on his desk.

A federal judge in New Mexico ruled this spring that prosecutors could include a Malverde prayer card as evidence in drug cases.

Several other states have also used Malverde items to make cases, but an NYPD spokeswoman said he isn’t yet on the radar in New York.

Praying to the saint who helps the worst of sinners isn’t necessarily nefarious.

Some believers say Malverde and other narco-saints like the skeletal La Santa Muerte are the only ones powerful enough to protect them from the violent drug war ripping through Mexico.

Several devotees told El Diario last month they pray to Malverde using two candles, three flowers and three stones wrapped in a handkerchief because they believe he brought them over the border safely and will help them get a job.

“It depends on what you believe,” said Amanda Ortiz, 74, owner of La Girasol in Sunset Park, who sells about a dozen Malverde candles a week.

She said many simply turn to Malverde in times of great danger.

“I stock the candles because they are popular among Mexicans here. . . . It just started growing, little by little,” she said.


Anonymous said...

catholic idol worshippers, what do you expect,

Anonymous said...

Beaners are so fucking stupid. Some of the are so close in mentality to dude

Anonymous said...

Time to throw the illegal Beaners out of the U.S.A. before we lose the entire country and it will just be another violence and poverty filled Socialist Run Banana Republic like Mexico currently is, with Dictator fagbama running the 3 ring circus.

hppycmpr35 said...

Worked CAMP in Kalifornia for a few years after I retired and we found these shrines in at least half of the gardens, 90% cartel gardens in Kalifornia.

Anonymous said...

Segregation is the answer !

Anonymous said...

When did just asking for G-d's help, not enough. These fucking people are ass backwards. To worship the image of the very thing that makes life so much harder, its a shame he doesnt come back like candyman and kill them all as they light the candle

Anonymous said...

She was tiny and trembling and looked so very vulnerable. Barely 15, having already experienced a lifetime of hardships since losing her mother at 5 and crossing the desert border from Mexico with her father, she clutched a microphone before a crowd in New York's Union Square.And said "Hey Gi I love You long time Fuckee suckee twenty dollar ""

Anonymous said...

Beaners,drugs and money.


And the angel Moroni said, "I hereby make you my followers. You are now Morons".

Smith: Oh boy! We're Morons! woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

If you bury him upside down in your section 8 yard, you are guaranteed to sell your kilo of coke without getting busted or ripped off.
Eet eez so e-z gringo.

Anonymous said...

The store who sell them should report every purchase to local and federal law enforcement departments.

By forcing all customers to pay with credit card or debit.

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama has a few of those candles.

Narco Po-Po said...

Jesus Malverde (Narco Saint)statue, prayer card or candle.
A multi million dollar network to build traps in trucks, boats and cars
the common sense to move all your drugs on Sunday mornings, very late at night or holidays (when the Narco Police are NOT working)

Anonymous said...

Im latino and i've seen this candle, i always thought it was juan diego..fuck and i've been praying to this asshole, shit wtf, I want my prayers back!

Anonymous said...

White magic black magic they worshiper both sick people read the book cauldrons of blood

Anonymous said...

Greater Saint Cannabis The Venerable!