Illegal drug trafficking is prolific around the world and has developed into a sort of culture all its own. Drug related crime is dangerous and many individuals involved in the illicit drug trade surround themselves with symbols of luck and protection. One of these symbols is the ominous figure of Santa Muerte. While Santa Muerte has many interpretations and associations within Mexican culture, she has become increasingly known as the patron saint of drug traffickers. Jesús Malverde is another adopted folk saint of drug traffickers. According to legend, Malverde was a “Robin Hood” style bandit, protecting the poor and only stealing from wealthy member of the Sinaloan community. The DEA comes across various representations of Santa Muerte and Mal Verde when carrying out drug law enforcement operations, including medallions, figurines, and large statues.