Did Aurelio Casillas Die? Full Story Explained
Aurelio Casillas is a fictional movie character portrayed by actor Rafael Amaya on the Telemundo series El Señor de los Cielos, created by Luis Zelkowicz.
The character is based on the true story of Mexican drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes, one of the most sought-after drug traffickers known in Mexican history, and he was able to smuggle drugs to the United States through airplanes.
About Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the Mexican Drug Trafficker:-
Amado Carrillo was popularly known as a Mexican drug lord who became the leader of the Juárez Cartel by assassinating his boss Rafael Aguilar Guajardi.
Amado was popularly called “El Señor de Los Cielos” (“The Lord of the Skies”) because of the fleets of jets he used to transport drugs.
He was also known for laundering money through Colombia to finance his crime. He died later on in July 1997 while undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance.
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Amado Carrillo was born in December 17, 1956, to Walter Vicente Carrillo Vega and Aurora Fuentes in Guamuchilito, Sinaloa, Mexico.
He had a total of eleven siblings. He was the nephew of the Guadalajara Cartel leader, “Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo” also called “Don Neto”.
Amado received tutelage from his uncle Ernesto and later brought in his brothers and, down the line, introduced his son Vicente José Carrillo Leyva into the drug business.
Unfortunately, he lost his father in April 1986, and his brother Cipriano Carrillo Fuentes died mysteriously in 1989.
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Aurelio Casillas’s Career
Amado initially was a member of the Guadalajara Cartel and was sent to Ojinaga, Chihuahua, to oversee his uncle’s cocaine shipments and learn about border operations from Pablo Acosta Villarreal and Rafael Aguilar Guajardo.
Later on, he worked with Pablo Escobar helping the Cali Cartel in smuggling drugs from Colombia to Mexico and the USA.
He also worked with Joaquin Guzman Loera, popularly known as “El Chapo,” the Beltran Leyva Organization, and the Arellano Felix family.
During his leadership in the Juárez Cartel, Amado was reported to have built a drug empire worth billions, and his estimated revenue was over $25 billion in the course of his career.
However, there began pressure to capture Amado amongst the US and the Mexican authorities after people in Moreles state began silent marches protesting the governor Jorge Carrillo Olea and his cover-ups of drug-related crimes and violence.
Amado Carrillo owned a house just three blocks from the governor’s official residence and held narco-fiestas regularly.
As a result, Governor Carrillo Olea was forced to step down from office and was consequently arrested.
Aurelio Casillas’s Death
The pressure and rising need for his capture may have been what prompted Amado to undergo facial plastic surgery and abdominal surgery liposuction to completely change his appearance.
He was at Santa Mónica Hospital in Mexico City on July 4, 1997; unfortunately, during the operation, he died due to complications.
Some reports claim a malfunctioning respirator caused his death; however, this claim has not been confirmed yet.
Two of Amado Carrillo’s bodyguards were present in the operating room and witnessed the whole event.
Later on, in November 1997, the bodies of the two physicians who performed Amado’s surgery were found encased in concrete inside steel drums; their dead bodies showed signs of torture.
The former drug lord was given an expensive, large, and lavish funeral in Guamuchilito, Sinaloa.
Later Events of Aurelio Casillas
Later in 2006, Governor Eduardo Bours asked the federal government to tear down Amado’s Hermosillo mansion.
The PGR then seized warehouses in Ciudad Juárez, used to store weapons and cocaine.
They also took over 60 of Carrillo’s properties and investigated his dealings with government officials and police officers.
In addition, the officials froze bank accounts which amounted to $10 billion belonging to Amado.
Amado’s son, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, was arrested in April 2008 by Mexican authorities.
In 2018, artist Gerardo Ortiz sang a song with the music group “T3r elemento” and called “Aerolina Carrillo” in homage to Amado Carrillo.