Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

El Grande Presented

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 |


Marines escort alleged drug kingpin Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka 'El Grande', center, during his presentation to the press in Mexico City, Monday, Sept.13, 2010. Villarreal, an alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, was captured in a raid Sunday, according to a statement released by the Mexican Navy.

Video of 'El Grande' drug lord captured in Mexico Mexican authorities presented a hand-cuffed leader of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel to the media on Monday. Mexico's capture of two rival drug gang leaders in two weeks may mark a new trend in the country's drug war: drug lords surrendering without a fight when surrounded.

The leader of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel, Sergio Villarreal Barragan, was arrested on Sunday by Mexican authorities. He was taken by about 30 Mexican marines without a shot fired in a raid at a house in the central state of Puebla.

That came a little over two weeks after the August 30 arrest of his rival, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a US-born trafficker known as "La Barbie," who also gave up when stopped by police. The unsmiling Villarreal Barragan towers over marines flanking him, living up to his nickname "El Grande," or "the Big One."



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Anonymous said...

I can see how it would be hard to find this guy! I guess the military and police forgot to look up!

Anonymous said...

hmmm...i wonder if the edgar valdez gave him up???

Anonymous said...

come on.......people need to get over this .....its irrelavant wether they gave up or put up a fight..common sense ------you give up you live ---you fight you will die.....no one ever said these guys were suicidal or stupid....seems some people who alway want to see others go out in a blaze of glory have been watching too many movies...

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure he had a US visa (great intel US gov)...he wouldn't get stop at the port of entry because he would drive an expensive/brand-new truck...yes that's how it works specially in the Coahuila-TX border....you'll see all those "narco-wealthy people" driving in the US without even being questioned,like Juan por su casa!!....but if you drive a beat up car..make no mistake they'll question you like a class A criminal or worse...CBP is in it or is so stupid that think wealthy Mexicans made they money honestly...just look at all those nice neighborhoods where most of those cartels criminals have been found.... what a coincidence!

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