Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

PGR Sources Reveal El Grande's Life at Risk

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 |


México City - After the arraignment of Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán he was sent back to the Central Jail, which is run by the Federal Police. But according to the Attorney General for the Republic (PGR), Villarreal Barragán's life is in danger if he remains in this facility.

Sources from the PGR have revealed a federal judge has lifted the warrant against El Grande in an effort to find a permanent residence for the capo. However this has proved to be a difficult task because they cannot find a place where he doesn't run the risk of being killed. His taped confessions and the detailed information he has given authorities has been leaked to the public and therefore his former employers and friends want to see him dead. He remains a lucrative target for anyone looking to claim the bounty or make a name for themselves.

The same sources also indicated that Villarreal Barragán is a protected witness for the PGR and has also negotiated a lesser sentence in exchange for his testimony and information against his criminal colleagues.

On September 12th of this year, marine forces in the state of Pueblo detained Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, who was serving as second in command to the Beltran Leyva cartel.

The federal government had offered 30 million pesos for information leading to his arrest and conviction. His charges including a warrant for the possession and sale of illegal firearms and several others pertaining to cocaine distribution.

During the 1990's Villarreal Barragán worked for the Ministerial Police of Coahuila and later served with the police forces of the PGR. This lasted until it was revealed that he was in the pocket of the Juarez cartel, led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, El Viceroy.

He sided with the Sinaloa cartel when the war began with in Juarez, and worked along with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, La Barbie supervising the cells of sicarios under the direction of the Beltran Leyva bothers. But even this was short-lived. Yet more schisms occurred, this time within the Sinaloa cartel. The arrest of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, El Mochomo and the death Jaoquin Guzman's son, and the Beltran's Leyva organization led to irreconcilable differences between the two organizations. A further split happened when the death of Arturo raised suspicions that La Barbie had betrayed his own capo to the feds. El Grande went to war against his former associate, and remained loyal to his employers until he was recently captured.

His testimony has included an interview with Televisa about an alleged partnership with the magazine Proceso, accusations which included that he paid journalist Ricardo Ravelo $50,000 in cash for their silence in regards to any information they may receive about El Grande and his group. Proceso fully denies these accusations and stands by their journalistic integrity.

Other information led to the re-arrest of the Secretary of Public Security for Morelos, Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vaca Rodríguez, who was originally arrested in May of 2009 and held until a federal judge threw out the charges against him due to lack of evidence a year and a half later. However, following the arrest of Villarreal Barragán, the former SSP was once again detained for providing aid to the Beltran Leyva organization while he was an employee for the state government.

What Reforma Published


“When he was acting SSP of Morelos, Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vaca protected Arturo Beltrán Leyva, "El Barbas", to such an extent that in 2008 he facilitated the escape of the capo and his principal operators by using an official helicopter."

This was part of Villarreal Barragán's October 1rst testimony.

"There such a level of confidence and collaboration between us and the authorities that in 2008, in the Municipality of Zapata, we were eating a meal at a ranch called Mi Pueblito when we received a warning that the army was approaching. So then 'El Borrado' called the SSP of the state, Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vaca, and within 5 minute a helicopter with SSP emblems arrived to help us escape.

On that occasion the passengers included Arturo Beltrán Leyva, Jesús Nava Romero, "El Rojo", and Alberto Pineda Villa, "El Borrado" (he stated that he couldn't recall whether or not Édgar Valdés Villarreal was with them ). The helicopter took them to Puente de Ixtla, were they managed to make their way Acapulco.

"El Grande" confirmed that he met the state SSP leader at least 10 or 15 times and at least 3 or 4 of those times he handed him money. Cabeza de Vaca received a monthly bribe of $3000 to protect "El Barbas".

"I accompanied Arturo Beltrán Leyva to pay and visit with Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vaca, him and Arturo were friends. We paid him with a small bookbag that contained money, approximately $3000," said the narcotrafficker.

"His function was to be the first line of defense for Arturo Beltrán Leyva. He did this by putting loyal comandantes in the zones through orders given to him from Arturo. They were often reiterated to him 'El Borrado," Villarreal Barragán said in his declaration.

"The information given to us by the state SSP mainly related to the movements of the army within the area, state operatives not loyal to us, and they would let us know if they detected any people from La Familia Michoacana."

Cabeza de Vaca was detained on May 15th, 2009 in Cuernavaca when two local police arrested him on suspicion of working for organized crime.

This past September 30th, the second collegiate Tribunal of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, threw out the case against him for lack of evidence.

Upon his release from the penal institution that he had been locked up within for the last 1 and a half years, the tribunal heard the declaration of "El Grande" and brought forth new charges against the former SSP for Morelos.

On October 9th the PGR re-arrested Cabeza de Vaca only two days after he left the prison in Matamoros.

Source Articles:

Share it:

6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Capo said...

that is some crazy shit, Botas Blancas being rescued by a SSP helicopter, and El Grande doesn't remember if La Barbie was with them, but remembers everyone else? I am surprised La Barbie and La Grande haven't been assasinated already!

Anonymous said...

So sad what a loss if Grande gets a dose of his own medicine Audios MF.

Anonymous said...

Wow! ahora resulta que la vida de este criminal esta en peligro, yo digo que le saquen toda la sopa que puedan y lo avienten o encierren en el matadero, asi como el violo los derechos humanos de todo un pais. Alguna vez el penso en el sufrimiento que causo a ciudadanos honrados y trabajadores. Yo creo que a este tipo de criminales sin compasion a nada y sin respeto por la vida de los demas debe ser tratado como lo que es, una escoria de la sociedad. Esa comision de derechos humanos que tenemos no les entiende primero se quejan que por la muerte y violaciones a los derechos humanos de periodistas, y civiles inocentes; pero luego quieren que a estos sicopatas se les trate como si fueran las victimas. Todos sabemos que el narco y su poderio ha crecido de la mano de los politicos e instituciones corruptas por ganar beneficios economicos. Asi que no dudo que el narco ya este metido en esta comision de derechos humanos con su seccion VIP.

Gente los invito a que comiencen a pensar que pueden hacer para cambiar esta sociedad, como dicen el buen general empieza por su casa, o algo asi. Mientras nosotros mismos, los ciudadanos, no participemos con las autoridades como la marina y el ejercito, todo seguira igual. La mayoria de los mexicanos tenemos, conocemos, sabemos, hemos oido, del narco en nuestras calles, hay que denunciar. Esto ayudara a que se le pegue duro a la economia del narco, hay que denunciar las narcotiendas, narco bares, todo tipo de negocio perteneciente al narco, de esta manera el poder economico y social disminuira. A que me refiero es que mientras pesquen y pesquen miembros (sin importar su importancia o rango) no se le hara mucho daño al los carteles por que ya tienen una infrastructura implantada desde medio siglo o mas años atras, en cambio si se les daña su poder economico en el pais y el mundo, todo se les vendra abajo. No podran comprar armamento, transportes, intituciones, etc. Gente que ha pasado con las mafias italianas, en estados unidos entendieron que la guerra contra el narco pordria seguir por años, pero los gringos le pegaron duro a sus negocios lavaderos y productores de dinero, asi disminuyendo el poder en politica o govierno, e instituciones, si tumbaron jefes de gran jerarquia, y oficiales y politicos corruptos pero esto vino y fue mas facil al haber investigado y desmantelar sus negocios independientes.

Anonymous said...

So they want us to feel sorry for this cocksucker? Waste the motherfuking child killer with extreme prejudice now!!!

Anonymous said...

Once again I will write, that the previous expression of nasty hatred by Anonymous as expressed above is totally offensive Right Wing tripe.

It seems that so many BB readers get lividly upset at my bland comments yet amazingly don't seem to get so upset by these folk who advocate 'wasting' 'cooksucker motherfuking' children! Makes one ask themselves just what kind of world is made up by these such, supposedly all responsible citizen BB readers?


Smurf said...


I only published your comment to point a few things out to you. Read very carefully.

Your comment right here is only trying to open up a fight with the regular readers.

It has nothing to do with the article I translated.

Your shtick is wearing thin, and if you keep it up, I will simply erase any comments with your handle attached to it. I'm sick of trying to stand up for your right to talk when:

1. you don't respect anyone elses' ops to the point of being insulting.

2. You are starting to come off as a troll.

Don't bother posting a response to me in this thread, I won't publish it, you've done enough to steer too many conversations off track.

Fair warning: your shtick is wearing thin and I for one won't tolerate it much longer.

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated, refer to policy for more information.
Envía fotos, vídeos, notas, enlaces o información
Todo 100% Anónimo;