She used to sing for El Chapo, now she is bound to become a Ranchera Music star


Mariel Colón had just finished law school and was waiting for the results of the bar exam when she replied to a Craigslist ad looking for a Spanish-speaking paralegal to help with translation on a major case.

Only later did she learn that she’d be working on one of the biggest trials of the decade, helping defend the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The inmate Colón encountered deep in the bowels of a Manhattan prison seemed hungry for human connection after years of isolation in jail. So as Colón explained to Guzmán what the attorneys on his drug trafficking and murder conspiracy case were planning, she looked for ways to bond.

“I told him I love singing,” she said. “And he told me he loves music.”

Colón learned his favorite songs — banda and ranchera classics — and serenaded him there in the jailhouse. He applauded.

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