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Is ‘Queen of the South’ Based on a True Story?

Queen of the South is a TV series that first aired on USA Network in 2016 and finished its full run with a fifth season that wrapped up on June 9 2021. But the title made it big all over again after its final season dropped on Netflix last week on Thursday April 7. Now Queen of the South is getting a second wind and sits amongst the Netflix Top 10 currently trending titles in the United States on the platform leading even more people to get curious about the show and its origins.
Queen of the South is a crime drama show developed by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller and stars Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza a poor woman from Sinaloa Mexico who must flee to America after the murder of her boyfriend a member of a successful drug cartel in Mexico.


In her efforts to start fresh in the States she joins forces with an unlikely figure Veronica Falcón from her past and together they try to take down the leader of the drug ring thats on her tail. Those efforts pay off as Teresa gets rich and creates a sweeping drug empire but she soon finds that vast wealth cant solve all of lifes problems and can even be the cause of a host of brand new ones.
Wondering if Queen of the South is based on a true story? Heres everything we know
IS QUEEN OF THE SOUTH BASED ON A TRUE STORY Queen of the South is the final product in a line of inspirations. The series is an adaptation of Telemundos popular Spanishlanguage telenovela La Reina del Sur which initially premiered in 2011 with a 63episode first season that had 60episode follow up sophomore season in 2019. And that telenovela version of the series also is an adaptation as it was based on Spanish author Arturo PérezRevertes 2002 book of the same name.


While PérezRevertes novel is a work of fiction its inspired by reallife female drug lord Marllory Chacón a Guatemalanborn woman who ran cocaine from there to the United States through Colombian and Mexican drug cartels building an empire so successful she earned the moniker of you guessed it Queen of the South. Chacón was eventually caught and sentenced to 12 years of prison in the U.S. in 2015 for drug trafficking then in 2019 saw the sentences reduced to five years by a federal judge and was eventually released altogether just five days after that final decision. So long story short yes Queen of the South is indeed loosely based on the reallife story of Marllory Chacón.

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