Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What is Next After La Barbie?

Borderland folk songs immortalize him as smart, ruthless, powerful and rich.

In the Borderland Beat from the Rio Grande to Mexico's Valley of the Beheaded, there is no shortage of stories about "La Barbie," the top-level drug trafficker born in Laredo and arrested Monday in Mexico.

In the U.S., when the police want to display a suspect for journalists and the wider public, they commonly do a "perp walk," showing off the alleged perpetrator as they walk him to the vehicle transporting him to and from jail.

But nit in Mexico, this week masked police paraded a handcuffed Edgar Valdez Villarreal before reporters. Wearing a green polo shirt and jeans, the man nicknamed "La Barbie" for his fair complexion grinned openly as officials discussed his capture near Mexico City on Monday.

In Mexico, like many other places in the world, police and prosecutors put the captured alleged bad guy on display in a set piece that often features masked police officers or members of the military who in a show of force flank the now hapless and powerless suspect.

Mexico paraded one of its most violent drug lords on Tuesday after a police raid that President Felipe Calderon's government hopes will mark a breakthrough in its campaign against powerful cartels.

Federal Police Commissioner Facundo Rosas said the capture of Valdez-Villarreal came after a yearlong hunt that involved as many as 1,200 law enforcement officers.

Mexican authorities had been closing in La Barbie's allies in recent weeks. On July 10, marines raided a house in Acapulco and captured Gamaliel Aguirre Tavira, suspected regional chief of the Valdez faction.

Narcotics agents hunting "La Barbie" got a lucky break in a raid on Aug. 9 in the elegant Bosques de las Lomas district of Mexico City, which turned up evidence leading them to the accused drug lord's mountain safe house in Salazar, Rosas said.

By last Monday afternoon, a ring of security officers encircled the rustic mountain house in Salazar, about 20 miles west of Mexico City, where Valdez-Villarreal had holed up, Rosas said. Mobile phone service in the area was spotty, and the target and six underlings couldn't summon backup to fight their way free, he said. They were detained around 6:30 p.m. without a shot being fired.

The special unit that conducted the operation is “highly qualified to enter in various types of terrain, as well as in the use of all kinds of weapons,” thanks to extensive training both in Mexico and abroad, Rosas said.

Police confiscated two rifles, a grenade-launcher, nine packets of cocaine, computer and communications equipment and three vehicles.

Calderon confirmed the arrest in a short message on Twitter: "Federal police trapped 'La Barbie,' one of the most wanted criminals in Mexico and abroad." Government officials seemed to be seeking to regain support by offering abundant details about Valdez-Villarreal's background and capture.

"This is an extraordinary achievement," Felipe Gonzalez, head of the Senate commission on public security, told Foro TV. "There was an air around this guy that he was untouchable, that he would never be caught."

The arrest is certain to give Calderon, who faces sagging public support, a boost in his campaign to confront drug traffickers, even at great human cost. So yes, the capture of Valdez-Villarreal does give the president Calderon a boost who declared war on drug cartels after taking office in late 2006. The death toll, which recently soared past 28,000 people, has soured many Mexicans on Calderon's tough drug enforcement policies. But the effort has produced some results, Valdez-Villarreal is the third top drug lord to be arrested or killed in nine months.

Less than a month ago, law enforcement agents in Guadalajara killed Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a drug lord in the Sinaloa Cartel who was considered the "king of ice," or crystal methamphetamine.

Certainly this arrest dealt "a high impact blow to organized crime," said Alejandro Poire, a spokesman for Calderon's national security team. Poire said Valdez-Villarreal had ties to gangs operating in the United States, Central and South America.

But the capture of Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez, a Texas-born 37-year-old, may do little to halt the flow of drugs into the United States or staunch bloodshed in Mexico's most violent areas, many of them along the U.S. border.

It is unusual for an American to climb so high in the ranks of Mexican organized crime, but not unprecedented.

Texas-born Juan Garcia Abrego was captured in Mexico in the 1990s and sent to Houston, where he was convicted of drug-trafficking crimes as the head of the Gulf Cartel. He is now serving multiple life sentences.

"The operation that resulted in the arrest of la Barbie closes a chapter in drug trafficking in Mexico," senior federal police official Facundo Rosas told local television. Six other men, including another Texan, were arrested with Valdez, and police found weapons, SUVs, cocaine and cellphones at a safe house guarded by cartel gunmen.

But it's too early to celebrate, while La Barbie is now in custody, we've seen this movie before. His arrest has clearly left an opening for others to become the new kingpins.

While the United States congratulated Mexico on the arrest, officials in Washington declined to say whether they would push for Valdez, born in Laredo, Texas, to be sent to face trial in U.S. courts where he has been indicted for drug trafficking. The U.S. government had offered a reward of up to $2 million for his capture.

The El Universal newspaper reported Tuesday that Valdez-Villarreal has "one foot on a plane bound for the United States" to stand trial.

A federal indictment unsealed in Atlanta in June charged that Valdez-Villarreal, a U.S. citizen, imported tons of cocaine by tractor-trailer across the border at Laredo, Texas, and into the eastern United States between 2004 and 2006.

Valdez's Houston lawyer Kent Schaffer said his client has plenty of enemies in Mexico.

"I think he'd be much safer in an American facility," Schaffer said.

Valdez showed no signs of ill treatment and had the chance to answer reporters' questions, but declined to do so without saying a word, according to video posted on the Web by the Mexican government. But later on Valdez would be allowed to be questioned by a reported and the video was posted on the internet within minutes (see video at the end).

He is in a maximum-security prison and it remains to be seen whether he'll be tried in Mexico for charges or be shipped to the United States to face trial.

Schaffer said he was told the U.S. ambassador to Mexico requested that Valdez be returned to the United States, but officials would not confirm that.

"What will happen, I have no clue," Schaffer said. "It sort of makes sense to have the Americans deal with the case."

Under Calderon, Mexico has extradited scores of wanted criminals to stand trial in the U.S., breaking with the nation's past refusal to do so.

Prison escapes are frequent in Mexico.

Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, embarrassed Calderon's predecessor, Vicente Fox, in 2001 when he escaped from federal prison. Guzman remains on the loose, and rival cartels claim the government battles them but has given the Sinaloa Cartel free rein.

Other arrests in the hemisphere underscored cooperation between police and counter-drug agencies, including the DEA, in the move against "La Barbie."

Valdez-Villarreal got his start in the Sinaloa Cartel under Mexico’s most wanted drug lord El Chapo. When his immediate boss, Arturo Beltran-Leyva, broke away two years ago, Valdez-Villarreal went along to help him establish his own drug organization.

Beltran-Leyva was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines last December, and Valdez-Villareal sought to take over the group.

Just last weekend further evidence emerged of the brutal struggle between La Barbie's gang and followers of Hector Beltran-Leyva, brother of the slain drug chieftain, for control of the criminal organization.

Henchmen strung up the decapitated bodies of four men from a bridge Sunday in Cuernavaca, a weekend getaway near Mexico City. Hector Beltran-Leyva's faction left a sign with the bodies.

"This is what will happen to all those who support the traitor Edgar Valdez-Villarreal," the sign said.

"His greed and wanton disregard for human life led to his downfall," said Michele Leonhart, acting administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Yet the arrest is unlikely to end the bloodshed that presents a growing image problem for Mexico as it struggles out of recession and seeks to hold on to tourist revenues.

Meanwhile in Colombia, the national police said they'd detained 11 people in the cities of Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Buenaventura and Pereira.

One of them, Julio Cesar Pina Soberanis, a Mexican, is believed to be Valdez-Villarreal's emissary to traffickers in that country. Another, Denis Alvarino Gomez, is accused of serving as a go-between with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a guerrilla group deeply involved in cocaine trafficking.

The Rise of a Tejas Capo

Was Edgar Valdez Villarreal really a star high school football player or just an average guy whose coach nicknamed him La Barbie for his light eyes and fair-haired complexion that set him apart in the Texas border town?

And how did an American who got his start selling dime bags of marijuana have the connections to go on to lead a team of assassins, let alone climb to the summit of Mexico's criminal underworld?

"There is a lot of speculation as to what relationships he had and what relationships led up to where he is now," said Laredo police spokesman Jose Baeza. "He was able to do enough to gain the trust. There is something to be said, that he is an American-born person who reached that rank."

Ramon Eduardo Pequeno, a commissioner with Mexico's federal police, offered a resume of Valdez's criminal life.

He contends Valdez was first arrested on marijuana charges in Missouri nearly 20 years ago. While he was briefly in custody in Mexico City years later, he met Arturo Beltran Leyva, who became his narco godfather.

Valdez was later tasked with going to war with the Gulf Cartel along the border in Nuevo Laredo for control of lucrative smuggling routes into Texas. He led a team known as The Blacks, a squad that enforced the orders of cartel boss Beltran Leyva.

The fighting tore apart the every region where Valdez grew up, and the city of Nuevo Laredo has yet to recover.

He later became the chief of security for Beltran Leyva, and was among the inner circle in 2007 during a peace meeting of the leadership of each of Mexico's major cartels, according to Pequeno.

Valdez-Villarreal ranked senior enough to take part in a meeting in the weekend getaway of Cuernavaca in which bosses of the Sinaloa, Juarez and Gulf cartels - along with the Gulf Cartel's armed wing, Los Zetas - gathered to hash out an end to conflict between the rival groups, Pequeno said.

Valdez-Villarreal had many enemies, but one of his bitterest feuds dated to his stint in Nuevo Laredo, where he battled the Gulf Cartel and its henchmen, Los Zetas, for smuggling routes, Pequeno said. His hatred of the No. 2 Zetas leader, Miguel Trevino Morales, alias "El L-40," was so severe it nearly caused a falling out with his own boss, Pequeno said.

The world apparently began to come apart for Valdez last December when Arturo Beltran was killed in a gun battle with the Mexican military. Some suspect Valdez Villareal betrayed his boss to the authorities. Valdez ended up not only fighting Beltran's surviving brother, but also Mexican federal agents as well as his long-time crime rivals.

“La Barbie,” however, launched his own bid for control of the gang, sparking another round of bloodletting in Guerrero and Morelos.

“What’s left of the Beltran Leyva cartel is being destroyed,” journalist and drug-war chronicler Jose Reveles said after the arrest of Valdez Villareal.

Even so, Reveles said, “a capo like ‘La Barbie’ is not necessarily the only one, there could be lieutenants waiting for an opportunity.”

Valdez is nearly a celebrity of sorts in parts of Laredo as well as Mexico. Some Boderland Beat readers have even praised him during comments about his capture and e-mails to our reporters. People tell stories about running into him in a bar. Or dating his sister.


Beheadings, Torture

Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal is shown to the press during a news conference at the federal police center August 31, 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico. Valdez, a Texas-born drug smuggler and leader in the Beltran Leyva cartel, was captured Monday by Mexican authorities in a residential area near Mexico City.

Officials say Valdez, as a leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel based in central Mexico, trafficked a ton of cocaine each month and was responsible for "several dozen" murders.

He is believed to be behind merciless beheadings of rivals, torture and mutilation of victims, and the slaughter of the family of a marine who took part in the killing of his former boss Arturo Beltran Leyva in December.

Among his drug gangster rivals, he was widely despised, known for viciously ordering the decapitation of his enemies.

Messages to him have been carved into bodies and painted on sheets and hung near the mutilated corpses of his soldiers.

"You'll have to find another lover. I've killed this one for you," read a placard for Valdez that was recently left with three men hanging from a bridge.

But Valdez's operations were small compared to Mexico's top gangs -- the Sinaloa, Gulf and Juarez cartels -- which smuggle the majority of the 140 tons of cocaine the United Nations estimates that Mexico exports to the United States every year.

Neither is the arrest likely to end violence in border areas like Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, or in Mexico's wealthy northern city of Monterrey, which is being sucked into the drug war with spiraling violence this year.

"Ciudad Juarez and Monterrey were not La Barbie's area of influence, his capture won't affect violence there," said a senior federal police official who declined to be named, echoing another security official interviewed by Reuters.

Valdez-Villarreal and his gang operated mainly in the Mexican states of Morelos, Guerrero, Mexico and Sinaloa, and were involved not only in drug trafficking but also money laundering, extortion and car theft.

Violence has begun to bleed beyond traffickers and security forces as cartels target mayors and migrants traveling north.

While the government hopes the capture will weaken Mexican cartels, such operations in the past have at times intensified bloodshed at least temporarily as subordinates battle for control of gangs believed to rake in up to $40 billion a year.

"The investigation has not been concluded ... and at this stage it is not clear who could replace him," Rosas said.

Valdez had been a top contender to head the Beltran Leyva cartel since its boss was killed by soldiers in December.

Born into a middle-class family, Valdez is said to have played American football at school and developed a taste for luxury before coming to Mexico to work in the drug trade.

Sources:
Reuters. NPR, Chron, McClathy





29 comments:

  1. Assassinate his family one by one and chop off his pig head. a payment is due to mexico for all of his evil.

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  2. thats right barbie. i got some advice. dont drop the soap Goldilocks!

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  3. It appears he had already consulted with a criminal defense attorney; in fact, I’m surprised that he had prepared for this – at least in the legal front. I’m disappointed that it doesn’t seem like they are preparing to go to trial, it’s evident that he’s going to cooperate with the U.S. government and that his testimony will probably assist in shaping additional indictments for the individuals mentioned during his press conference: El Chap, El Mayo, El H, and El Azul.

    The guy named names (excuse my sardonic nature, but he’s either crazy or suicidal, or both), if any of them gave him up (the conspiracy theories); they would have anticipated the fact that he’s a huge liability, so that’s as far as the conspiracy theories go.

    This is what I believe is going to unravel: His attorney mentioned safety issues in Mexico and he stated that his client would be safer in any federal facility in the U.S., so in order to secure his safety, he’s going to cooperate and enter into protective custody in federal prison. I expect that they are going to take more precaution with him; unlike they did with Cardenas Guillen, because he’ll be used as a potential star witness for the government in trials against El Chapo, El Mayo and El Azul, and maybe, just maybe, El H. If any of them are ever caught of course, although, I really think that they would do the same thing Coronel did and fight it out. They are old and accustomed to their lifestyle, thus, they’re probably not willing to do time in the U.S., especially Guzman who is a huge flight risk.

    That said, expect to see La Barbie in a federal holding facility in Texas, I forgot where else he’s indicted, I’ll check on Pacer and post it later. In fact, I’m going to check out his indictments (in the U.S.) and fill you guys in.

    Did anyone notice when he deliberately states: “I didn’t want to take orders from anyone.”

    Yeah, it sounds like Rise was right, because if he didn’t want to take orders from Hector, he probably didn’t care to take orders from Arturo. And his opportunist nature may have been Arturo’s downfall.

    Anyhow, crime doesn’t pay, you end up dead or prison with a hell of a lot of attorneys fees (the same as being in prison and completely broke).

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  4. When asked if there will be heightened security during Barbie's stay "in SIEDO", military officials stated "There will be no additional security (in the installations) for his protection.

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  5. "People tell stories about running into him in a bar. Or dating his sister."

    I guess she gets around.

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  6. If he stays in Mexico he will prob be suicided by corrupt officers or murdered in prison.

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  7. I just watched la declaracion de La Babrie and if you watch the longer 6 minute clip he states towards the end that he commissioned a movie to be made about him and supposedly there are a few copies out there but he was reluctant to say where or who had them available. I would love to watch it!

    Does BB know if this is:

    1. True
    2. If it is a common practice for the leaders of these cartels to commission movies about themselves, I know some do so with Narco Corridos and from what I hear there is an underground scene of Narco Cinema.

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  8. My god......too much uninformed speculation of this situation. No one could possibly understand La Barbie's motives from when he started to now but him. Wether in the US or Mexico he carrying enough weight on him to spend a long time in prison either in Mexico or the US. Trying to speculate on how this will play out is just not reasonable. No one really knows. .

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  9. I’m looking at the time line of events in the Beltran-Leyva cartel, since Rise mentioned that it’s very possible that Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal may have tipped off the authorities, in Mexico, as to Arturo Beltran-Leyva’s whereabouts, the night he was killed by Mexican Navy and Marines.

    La Barbie mentioned that he had attended meetings with Arturo and the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel (El Chapo, El Mayo, Nacho Coronel and El Azul), so these meetings took place before the fallout between the Beltran-Levya brothers and El Chapo Guzman. Shortly thereafter, Alfredo was arrested in January of 2008, and about two years later, in December of 2009, ‘coincidentally,’ Arturo was found the same way. Valdez Villarreal was nowhere to be found, while his boss was being cornered off.

    So, if Arturo was under the impression that El Chapo was responsible for Alfredo’s arrest, even if they were family and that Alfredo was Guzman top lieutenant, then someone (potentially Valdez Villarreal) further confirmed or fueled Arturo’s sentiments towards Guzman. In doing so, he would have successfully pin them (Arturo Beltran-Leyva and Guzman) against each other, knowing fully well, or at least anticipating, that El Chapo would win against Arturo, Carlos, or Hector, which is exactly what happened. This would have cleared his path, or so he thought, of course.

    Is it possible that he was responsible for Alfredo’s arrest? And influencing Arturo, Carlos and Hector in believing that Guzman was responsible? And finally, giving up Arturo in 2009? Oh, and not to mention the fact that Carlos Beltran-Leyva was captured only two weeks after Arturo’s death.

    Well, at this point, anything is possible. Especially since Mr. Valdez Villarreal was adamant that he, “didn’t wanted to take orders from anyone.” He certainly wasn’t taking orders from Carlos, Hector, or Alfredo, who is currently in custody.

    Think about it, Guzman is far more preoccupied with business than he is with making enemies within his own cartel. What would he gain by giving up Alfredo? In fact, he lost one of his best lieutenants and the fallout instigated a war between the remaining Beltran-Leyva brothers and got his son killed.

    All the while, what did Mr. Valdez Villarreal gain? Very simple, it’s evident that he wasn’t going to take orders from Carlos or Hector and he intended to branch out on his own (after dividing and conquering), which is the equivalency of more money and power. Indeed, very well played.

    Think about it: Valdez Villarreal came into the picture and the Beltran-Leyva cartel slowly crumbled; it’s possible that he played both sides (he played the Beltran-Leyva cartel against Sinaloa and the authorities) and he played them well for a chicken-shit kid from Texas. And now he’s going to play the rest of his cards by giving the U.S. government information they need with regard to Guzman-Loera, Zambada-Garcia, Esparragoza-Moreno and only Beltran-Leyva brother left, Hector.

    Again, not bad for some loser kid from Texas. Alfredo and Arturo should have known better; what are the odds that he’ll be Alfredo’s cellmate?

    It's wild right? But analyze the events and how they transpired and how far and fast he was up on the top of the food chain.

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  10. Good observation Valentina, Logically it makes more sense that Barbie was the downfall of Arturo and Alfredo rather than Guzman. But if we accept that premise as fact for the sake of argument then I would have to ask: how does that play into what happened to Nacho?

    The reason I tie the two together is this: IF Chapo was only interested in his own cartel and keeping it together as you suggest, then why did he allow Nacho, one of his top guys to fall so fast and so hard that he was killed practically by himself with no help or support from his alleged partners? Seems to me he would have protected Nacho if he was really interested in keeping control of Jalisco.

    But the problem with the Chapo conspiracy is that hasn't answered the only truly important question: If Chapo really is behind all this then WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO GAIN FROM ANY OF THIS?

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  11. THE GOVERNMENT WANTED SOMEBODY BIG-CHAPO WAS NOT GOING TO TURN HIMSELF IN-SO, MOST LIKELY HE GAVE THEM "EL MOCHOMO". THAT IS WHY THE FEUD STARTED. IF YOU WERE CHAPO,WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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  12. For the record it was not my observation, it was RiseMakaveli's observation. I only took a look a the timeline of events, La Barbie's interview, and his intentions. He has no qualms about talking about everyone and giving up his Colombian associates.

    Also, you have to look at an individual’s actions and his intentions are written all over them. It didn’t take La Barbie one day to decide that he wanted to branch out against Hector, no, that took time, probably while Arturo was still in power.

    And to be quite honest, I don’t know what happened to Nacho, it could be a number of issues. He could have been careless, anything is possible. In fact, someone noticed his erratic behavior after his son was killed. Guzman seems to be more preoccupied with keeping his name out of the press (laying low) and the plaza in Juarez. He probably couldn’t careless about the Beltran-Leyvas or La Barbie.

    Now, the Beltran-Leyvas on the other hand, from what I’ve read in comments in articles and blogs, Arturo was under the impression that Guzman was responsible for Alfredo’s arrest. But after he’s killed, Carlos was picked up two weeks later (again, coincidentally) and the only one left was Hector.

    So, basically, in the span of three years (2008-2010), there was 2 Beltran-Leyva’s in custody and 1 dead. That doesn’t just happen by sheer luck or competent detective work by federal law enforcement officers; the authorities were more than likely tipped off from the inside. And the only two individuals that gained anything from the Beltran-Leyvas’ demise was Edgar Valdez Villarreal and Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, who decided to go up against Hector Beltran-Leyva.

    Watch Valdez Villarreal’s declarations to the press, when he’s referring to Alvarez Vaquez, I think he was referring to him, he said, “Ese es mi compadre.” But when he’s talking about Beltran-Leyva, he said, “We were friends.” He could have said: “Era mi compadre.” But he didn’t, when referring the Arturo, he was very cold and distant, his tone and the words he used. However, he was very warm when referring to his ‘compadre,’ El Indio. Es obvio la diferencia.

    Honestly, I never thought about it and I figured he was just some loser party boy, but yesterday, RiseMakaveli mentioned that Hector suspected that La Barbie was behind Arturo’s attempted arrest, which resulted in his death.

    Also, notice that he stated the following in Spanish during the interview: “I like to work alone, so that I don’t have to take orders from anyone.”

    Honestly, it really doesn’t matter, because thankfully, they are currently in custody. But I think it’s interesting that no one else has noticed the fact that this guy wasn’t loyal to Hector or Carlos, he probably wasn’t loyal to Alfredo and Arturo, to begin with. And he probably fueled the fallout between Arturo and Guzman, making sure to implicate Guzman as the prime suspect. Of course Arturo, being the hot that he was, went after Guzman full force.

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  13. @ BB

    sorry this is off the thread subject but I heard the president of Ecuador announced there are TWO SURVIVORS OF THE 72?

    Know anything? I am flabbergasted if true

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  14. I just found this link about the second survivor..what is truly amazing is their reason of keeping this info out of the press was "to proect" him...but then tat brings to question why expose the other? I do not comprehend..

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/09/01/mexico.massacre.second.survivor/

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  15. Come on Gramma, please no off topic shit, it's hard enough to keep track, my head is spinning!

    By the way, police killed them (Zeta = police in Tamaulipas), their only safety is out of the country, especially Tamaulipas!

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  16. 45 miles out in the middle of nowhere. You have some good points but you are way off there Mr. hotheaded know-it-all!

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  17. No Longer Your GrammaSeptember 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    @ 4:38

    JEJE sorry, did not know where to put it & it was an important issue to me...you do not have to read anything you find annoying etc..you are officially removed from the good boy/girl posada list this year for your lack of manners.

    I have no clue who you are referring to in your poorly constructed sentence..whose safety? the police? the surviors? the survivors have returned to their country of origin. Mx offered humanitarian visas which were refused, I cannot imagine why.

    Paz Chivis

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  18. Yeah, there was another survivor, but they didn't mention his personal information, only the fact that he was giving his testimony of the incident.

    For security reasons, of course.

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  19. That's what Arturo though, but now he's dead. And the guy he trusted and believed in declared war on his brother, I'm sure that is suppose to make sense some how. But it doesn't.

    I simply expanded on the timeline of each arrest, it's a little too much of a coincidence that in the span of 3 years, 2 brothers are in custody and 1 is dead. Something went terribly wrong there and La Barbie appears to be la manzana de la discordia.

    It's easier to believe rumors and gossip, that doesn't require any thinking wathsoever.

    Let's see if he even makes it to the U.S., after putting Guzman on notice.

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  20. Barbie is a CIA operative in corroboration with the DEA. His unprecedented rise (assume this was in part achieved by having uncompromised intel and counter intel provided by the agencies with and without the Mexican authorities knowledge), his "coincidental" distance from apprehension operations of his associates/bosses/lieutenants, his non violent capture conducted by a "special unit" trained outside of Mexico (not one shot fired at a safe house guarded by cartel gunmen?), his preparedness on the legal front and the utter lack of concern with apprehension. Disrupting the top drug cartels in Mexico and providing much needed intel on drug trade source countries ( the ones providing the product to the cartels in Mexico. From the US stand point, cutting off the supply at its source will always prove more successful than trying to stop it half way through its journey. But, to do so, you must gather the necessary information from the products route which will in the long run lead straight back to its source.

    Barbie will disappear into the American legal system and will one day be featured on a Discovery channel program describing the US authorities' ability to infiltrate the Mexican drug cartels to gather intel on drug supplying countries which led to international sanctions that led to the international ban on the base crops that produce the materials from which the drugs are made.

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  21. @ 9:53
    The same thought crossed my mind..it is a logical hypothesis..there has to be collaboration between Edgar and either government or both.. makes sense..could it be?

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  22. he is a happy boy ...look at that sonrisa....headed home to rat on all his ex rivals ...man what a lucky fucker...ohh wait he aint out of mexico yet....could still end up dead...stay tuned

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  23. who said white boys cant jump.he was intelligent and had the i dont give a f attitude.and you have to be made of gold for the mexican cartels to like you.if he used all his knowledge of makeing money and put it into a legal buisness he would be rich maybe not as rich but very wealthy.and the giving up his buddys didnt do anything for him becouse they have more power than the government does.i give him a month at the most.oh well.

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  24. they should ask him if his cartel or the other cartels kill inocent civilians and make it look like they were the rivales, with the big posters that tell such things as this is whats goin to happen to you guys, signded your rival.

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  25. I predict he will escape from prison before he is extradited, or just so he wont get killed in prison.

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  26. The analysis above by Valentina and assertions by Anonimous are more likely correct. I don't know about working for CIA but Barbie was definitely working with the U.S. and providing intelligence. Indeed its shown in the cables released by wikileaks that US intelligence led to the location of ABL. Apart from the quick downfall of the (Beltran) brothers within the three year span talked about above, how else would one explain that he (Barbie) eluded both operatives against his boss? It is only obvious that he was providing the intel; and will soon be debriefing (snitching) with or to DEA. Barbie killed a lot of people in Mexico--and its sad that the folks he was providing info to back in the US didn't pull him back earlier!

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  27. On the same day he was "cought" (quotes because I bet he turned himself in), "coincidentally" his line of supply going all the way back to Colombia was also apprehended. Too many coincidences! Barbie is Definately an informant.

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  28. to the person who said barbie's family should be killed well some children or ex girlfriends are not responsible for his actions . i am one so before comenting stupid things first think if you were in his family would you be happy i dont think so ... like they say whoever gets into this business should stand strong and dont fuck up so why should people who don'r have nothing to do should pay for his stupidities

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