Thursday, March 14, 2019

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, La Barbie

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - Edgar Valdez Villarreal, La Barbie

Edgar Valdez Villarreal (born August 11, 1973) also known as La Barbie, is a Mexican-American, born and raised in the United States.

Valdez allegedly worked for several years as a cartel lieutenant before rising to a leadership position in an enforcement squad called Los Negros. Following the death of cartel boss Arturo Beltrán Leyva (BLO) in late 2009, Valdez was engaged in a bloody and protracted gang war for control of the BLO cartel, employing techniques such as videotaped tortures, decapitations of his adversaries, that resulted in over 150 deaths.

In August 30, 2010, he was arrested by the Mexican Federal Police at a rural ranch near Mexico City on charges related to large scale drug trafficking with the Beltrán-Leyva Organization Cartel. He was facing charges in both Mexico and the United States.

Based on the fact that his capture by Mexican federal police was completely without violence or casualties, there was a rumor that he made a deal to turn himself in and receive favorable treatment in exchange for providing intelligence on his rivals. On November 2010, the Mexican government agreed to extradite La Barbie to the US and was subsequently sentenced by the US government to 50 years in prison.

Today, Mexican drug cartels are splintered and spread out on a wider range as a result of in fighting and a power vacuum left by arrested or killed drug lords.

La Barbie" Hunting Zetas
This is what La barbie said about Los Zetas when asked during his arrest while being presented to the media: "(Yes the Zetas are a danger) they do not respect anyone, because the truth is they are filth, for me not even their mother wants them."

According to some the friends and foes of Edgar Valdez Villareal "La Barbie" who have given testimony to the PGR and also some that are in the witness protection program have said that La Barbie was one of the most efficient hunters of Zetas. La Barbie was described as a criminal master mind who had full control of airports and was also good in counterintelligence from within his criminal group to help him discredit public officials.

Those who knew him and later some who testified in legal proceedings with federal prosecutors of SIEDO gave information that sicarios under his leadership conducted routine executions, even of innocent people, without hesitation and some of which included the 24 farmers and masons from La Marquesa.

This video shows the moment La Barbie was arrested in a ranch near Mexico City on August 30, 2010

La Barbie is presented to the media during a press conference

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