Miss Cartagena 2011 has been disqualified from Colombia’s national beauty pageant because of her alleged ties to a jailed Mexican druglord.
According to Santa Fe Radio, the decision to disqualify Laura Cantillo was based on the fact that the coastal beauty had ties with Eduardo Caballero Chavez, who is in jail for his alleged leading role in “La Familia.”
Miss Cartagena denied the accusations, explaining that she does not have any relationship with criminals. She believes that the media are trying to malign her family name.
Allegations of Miss Cartegena’s criminal ties arose in July, when the television special “The Real Drama Behind the Crown,” created by journalist William Prieto, was first aired. The special alleged that the Maja Colombia pageant in 2008, which Cantillo won, was sponsored by alleged Mexican drug lord Eduardo Caballero Chavez, who served as a judge for the contest in 2009.
Meanwhile, the president of the national beauty contest, Raimundo Angulo, told the newspaper El Tiempo that “everything is under study by the organization.”