After the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in Mexico last week, the world's most wanted drug lord is a woman from Colombia. She is known as Maria Teresa Osorio de Serna, but she has also gone by Maria Teresa Correa, Gloria Bedoya, Iris Conde and Teyer Washington in the past. She is wanted for extensive money laundering and cocaine conspiracy violations.
She has been on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Division (DEA)'s most wanted list since 2005, according to Colombia Reports, but very little is known about her —even in her native country, where she holds no criminal record. She is suspected of having laundered millions of dollars for the infamous Medellín Cartel that was founded in the 1980s by the late drug lord Pablo Escobar, reports BBC Mundo.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Division (DEA)'s profile page describes Osorio De Serna as being five feet tall and 135 lbs, with black eyes and brown hair. She is so elusive that the DEA's own records contradict themselves about her date of birth and most recent place of residence: the Southern District of New York's file lists her as being born in 1950 and living at an unknown address in Colombia, while the agency's New Jersey branch lists her as five years older, born in 1945, with her most recent residence in Hialeah, Fla., explains El Economista.
With El Chapo now facing extradition and sentencing in the U.S., Osorio de Serna, the "mystery woman," is now top priority for U.S. drug agents — along with John Alexander Thomson, who is believed to be of African or Caribbean origin and a heroin trafficking kingpin, according to BBC Mundo.