By Clarence Walker
Beauty queen models wanted. With class and stature, a superb figure, a kilowatt smile, a beautiful model is not only wanted by the entertainment and modeling industry but they are the object of many hearts.
Professional modeling is a prestigious achievement. Some performers become crowned champions as they strut their 'stuff' on runways across the planet.
But now there's a famous beauty queen on the run and she's not strutting across a 'runway' to show off her goods before millions. Like a frightened animal, this woman is running so hard the police has been unable to track her down on an international drug-trafficking warrant despite a massive manhunt.
Her name: 'Angie Valencia' (photo right). Age 30. Previous occupation: Latin TV actress and Lingerie model.
She even won a Colombian beauty queen contest several years ago.
Mrs. Valencia newfound occupation:
According to U.S. based DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and South America's anti-narcotic authorities, she is the mastermind of an elaborate drug-trafficking network of attractive female models who transported tons of cocaine from Argentine to Europe and throughout Mexico.
Preliminary investigative reports alleged that Angie Valencia, a former Colombian beauty queen and ex-wife of a notorious drug dealer recruited other latin Colombian beauties who also were contestants in modeling shows to transport cocaine and marijuana stashed in their suitcases as they traveled to other countries to participate in modeling shows.
"More women are now head of drug-trafficking cartels after their husband or close relative who were drug bosses wound up dead or serving long sentences in prison," a drug expert tells news media reporters.
"These women gradually earned the respect of drug traffickers after showing shrewd attitudes for financial management and money laundering," expert Victor Ronquillo said.
Valencia's modus operandi in using pretty female models nicknamed "Angels" to transport drugs is a new curve for the law to study.
Beauty models working for Valencia helped the syndicate to rake in millions from the drug trade.
Each model was paid up to $5000 per-trip and one of the models reportedly boarded a flight with every 24 hours with kilos of cocaine.
Last year before Christmas, Valencia's illegal network unraveled to shreds when authorities nabbed a 21-year-old model in possession of 55 kilos of cocaine found stashed in her suitcase while awaiting a flight to Mexico from the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires Argentina.
Valencia's private lawyer, former Argentine Judge Guillermo Tiscornia told the South American media, "My client is not a drug queenpin."
When reporters asked why the former beauty queen was running from police, Tiscornia quipped, "She's afraid of being raped in jail", the Buenos Aires daily paper, La Nacion, reported.
Angie Jeaneth Sanslemente Valencia, now 30, was born in Colombia on May 25th 1979. A gorgeous woman, Valencia, then 20, became a latin sensation in 2000--when she won Colombia's prestigious 'Queen of Coffee beauty pageant.'
Winning the pageant was a dream come true. But dreams are sometimes shattered. Pageant officials stripped the Colombian born beauty of the title after an investigation discovered Valencia was married at the time she was crowned.
Undoubtedly she intentionally withheld the information because the rules banned the participation of married women.
Confronted with damaging evidence the queen returned the crown and subsequently confessed before a mass TV audience that she lied about her marital status.
A dethroned queen, Valencia went on to become a prominent lingerie model and won roles as an actress in popular latin soap operas TV shows.
As an only child Angie Valencia rosed from grinding poverty into a life of glamour and later in life began raking in millions from the illegal drug world.
Police suspect she is hiding out in Argentina.
"I am convinced she is heavily involved in drug trafficking but I still cannot determine exactly what role she plays", one Argentine source told a CNN cable news reporter.
At this point six people transporting drugs for Valencia have been arrested. Among those captured is a 21-year-old attractive model named only as "Maria", according to investigators.
Maria was the player as previously mentioned--arrested with 55 kilos of cocaine at Buenos Aires airport in December, 2009. She was awaiting a flight to Cancun, Mexico, to distribute the drugs there.
DEA estimated the drugs worth $3.3 million if sold on the streets of the United States or Europe.
The players arrested, so far, have identified Valencia and her Argentine male model boyfreind, now in custody, as the ringleaders of the drug ring.
An ex-boyfreind of Valencia identified as D.J. Ludwig Hernandez, now residing in Barranquilla Colombia, told reporters he heard from her through another person.
"I heard from Angie through a freind. "Right now she's shocked and scared she will be arrested. She's also afraid for her life because this is a big drug problem and the bad guys could harm her."
Drug World & Beauty Queen Connections
Throughout Colombia, Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico and other well known latin countries where beauty pageants are held it is widely known by law enforcement and those connected with the industry that these events attracts wealthy drug dealers eagered to snag pretty women participating for the crown.
In Colombia where pageants are held weekly dozens of drug dealers attend to finance the expense of a contestant.
Rumors persist that after Angie Valencia was stripped of her crown she got involved with high-level drug dealers.
"Narco traffickers go to beauty pageants to buy the women they like. They pay for their outfits, their plastic surgery and even bribing the judges so their girls wins", a Colombian fashion expert told CNN.
Some queen winners marry the most notorious narco traffickers.
Mexico beauty pageants are no different than Colombia.
People in northwest Mexico are dazzled by the glamrous "narco wives" some who are former or current beauty queen competitors; they lounge in beauty salons, attired in expensive designer clothes, with Swarovski crystals glued onto their fingernails.
When pageants are held in Mexico many beautiful Sinaloan women compete where rich drug barons will simply buy one of them and take the woman off to a hideaway in the Sinaloan mountains.
If chosen by a narco player a woman wins the dubious distinction of entering a world of filthy riches---with luxury mansions, high-dollar SUVs, Mercedezs and Bentley Rolls Royces.
In Sinaloa, the nation's oldest drug-producing region and home to the most powerful cartels, former beauty queens, wannabes and just plain women are oftenly used as drug mules because according to drug experts women can pass more easily than men through military checkpoints.
Richess in the violent drug trade can also bring destruction.
The murder of a Mexico drug boss female lover found dead in a car trunk with the mark of a "Z" carved into her breast, stomach and buttocks, signified the bloody mark of a rival drug cartel hit squad.
"It's dangerous to get involved with these people. The risk is there for any pretty girl," says Culican-based agency director Juan Manuel Alvarado.
Recent news report indicates that the fallen Colombian beauty Angie Valencia once idolized Colombia's top model Natalia Paris.
Insiders told law enforcement intelligent officers and foreign news media that "Valencia even dyed her hair blond like Paris and imitated her distinctive accent to sound like her."
Paris even married a drug trafficker named Julio Correa also a DEA informant.
Correa was killed in 2001 by former associates in Colombia after returning from Miami Florida. Narco underworld players told police Correa's body was ground up in a meat grinder.
In a underworld once dominated by male kingpins women are increasingly becoming head of drug trafficking organizations.
"It has a lot to do with what is happening now in society where women take on leading roles in narcotrafficking," said Victor Ronquillo, the Mexican author of the book, "The Queen of the Pacific", a published documentary based on the life Mexican female drug lord Sandra Beltran Avila.
"Women seem more sensitive and intelligent to handle the drug trade as an enterprise," he stated recently to a Florida news reporter. Fugitive Angie Valencia is one of those women.
Based on extensive research Journalist Clarence Walker discovered ten most world renowned latin female drug dealers:
(1) Colombian mass killer Griselda "black widow" Blanco. Authorites say this woman was responsible for at least 200 murders stemming from Florida's drug trade during the 1970s-1980s. (photo right)
(2) Angie Sanslemente Valencia, the Colombian beauty on the run who operated a network of drug mule models.
(3) Sandra Avila Beltran is known as the Queen of the Pacific. A movie is set to be made based on Beltran starring actress Eva Mendez.
(4) Laura Elena Zuniga Huizar
(5) Gail Matthews
(6) Marcia Ludwig
(7) Janet Ines Contreras
(8) Enedina Arellano Felix
(9) Blanca Margarita Cazares Salazar
(10) Cecilia Juarez: won a beauty queen contest in prison while serving time for drug trafficking.
Accused drug-queenpin Angie Valencia insists she's innocent of running a global drug-trafficking ring but it is highly suspicious why she refuse to surrender to police to prove her innocense in a court of law.
Yet Valencia sit behind a computer posting messages on her Facebook page to make her case against the multiple drug-related allegations.
If the wanted woman expect to avoid capture she must refrain from communicating on Facebook because when fugitives communicate on the the networking site this can be valuable for law enforcement investigation to track her down.
For proof, the Colombian beauty can check out the following story written by this author Clarence Walker: Facebook nails Mob Assassin---And Other True Stories of Most Wanted Criminals Captured Online
In a Facebook message sent to CNN news the Colombian fugitive denied involvement in the international drug ring:
"I'm very sad and hurt by the bad information. I don't know how the press can destroy an innocent person."
A follow-up message read: "I don't want to go to jail. I don't deserve it. I am innocent and I have hired an attorney to clarify this situation soon."
Valencia's lawyer, Attorney Tiscornia, told news media reporters he'd already filed an appeal with the Argentine Appeals Courts asking that "Miss Valencia be allowed to testify without the risk of going to prison if she appears in court."
Tiscornia capped the interview with this poignabt statement: "Angela is afraid of going to prison in Argentina. She is a beautiful woman and afraid she will be raped in prison and suffer serious physical and psychological damage."
Meanwhile the beauty queen must run and keep running. She remain the most wanted woman in South America.
Any comments or anyone want to add to this story contact journalist Clarence Walker at: firstname.lastname@example.org or discuss the case by logging into www.facebook.com
Sources and Quotes used for this story: (1) CNN News (2) Time.com (3) Lancion.com (4) Sun-Sentinel