As Miss Sinaloa languishes in jail after being arrested with a key trafficker last week, politicians are demanding an investigation
It is now feared that Zúñiga's arrest is confirmation that even "clean" elements of Mexican society are no longer beyond the reach of the drug cartels.
For García, though, his arrest signals both the resolve of the Mexican government to curb the war between drug cartels and the relative decline of the Juárez cartel that once dominated the illicit border trade between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso on the US side.
After being arrested, Zúñiga told police she and her boyfriend were planning to go shopping in Bolivia and Colombia. But Zúñiga had told her father she was going to a Christmas party in Guadalajara.
Jesús Estebán Zúñiga said he was not willing to accept that his daughter had fallen in with drug traffickers. "She's a good daughter," he said. "She's always focused on her work and she's had a spotless reputation ... until now."