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.