Saturday, December 19, 2009

Who will Fill the Void of the Beltrán Leyva Cártel?


Even after the death of Arturo Beltran Leyva, "El Barbas," his criminal organization has lieutenants and four operational heads that still direct operations, according to the information that federal authorities gave.

The Sinaloan capo had two right arms of leaders of sicarios: Sergio Villarreal Barragán, "El Grande" and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie."


Known for his nearly 6 feet 5 inches in height, "El Grande" has served in the last year as operator of "El Barbas" in Mexico City and Morelos.

His primarily responsibility has been pursuing and eliminating rivals cartel members, creating terror to control towns, and Beltran Leyva decided to take it him in the organization when after in 2006 he was able to control within a few months the region of La Laguna.


Originally from Laredo, Texas, "La Barbie" was recruited by Beltran Leyva in 2001, when at the time the sinaloenses capos were still allied with the Juarez Cartel, in order to structured an offensive war against the Zetas in Nuevo Leon and Tamulipas.

In 2005 he waged a war against the Zetas in Acapulco, Guerrero to prevent their operation in the state, one of the crucial drug trafficking points for the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Last year The PGR found out that Valdez Villarreal was directing the operations of the organization in Huixquilucan, Mexico State, and a violent offensive against "La Familia Michoacana."

The boss, also known as "El Jefe de Jefes," was also counting on Alberto Pineda Villa, "El Borrado" and Francisco Hernandez Garcia, "El 2000" as operators of the organization.


In 2007, "El 2000" executed more than 15 police officers that he felt betrayed the organization, and although the PGR has classified him as operator for "El Barbas", he has since held a low ranking in the organizational structure.

One of the most trusted men of the killed leader of the organization was "El Borrado", who with his brother Marco Antonio, "El MP", controlled the streets of Guerrero and Morelos.

The Public Security Ministry estimated that "El Borrado" was trafficking on a monthly basis an estimated eight tons of cocaine to the U.S. on average, but there were rumors in recent months that he had lost the confidence of Beltran Leyva.

When he found out that his cells were committing kidnappings and extortion, "El Barbas" ordered the execution of Marco Antonio, whose body was left on 12 September with a threatning message.

In essence there are plenty of candidates within the organization of who could potentially take over the operations of the cartel (but count on a different name for the cartel), but only time will determine how that unfolds and if it becomes a violent overtaking for the fight for power in the life of organize crime in Mexico.

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