Worshippers gathered in the Mexican city of Culiacan on Wednesday, to pay their respects to the patron saint of drug trafficking Jesus Malverde. Devotees dedicate the first days of May to celebrating the life of Malverde as well as using the time to ask the saint for favours. Malverde and his fellow narco-saint Santa Muerte are venerated in parts of Mexico and the United States, despite not... Еще being recognised by the Catholic Church. Mexican folklore links the legend of Jesus Malverde to the modern drug wars. Malverde is based on a bandit named Jesus Juarez Mazo, born in 1870 near Culiacan, Sinaloa. Mazo was famous for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Following his death at the hands of a treacherous governor, Mazo became Malverde ‘the saint of the poor.’ During the 1980s and 1990s Malverde’s tale was co-opted by drug cartels as a deliberate attempt to increase their popularity. The prominence of the cartels has led to a plethora of chapels dedicated to Malverde both in Mexico and in the US.