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Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez on Prison Hunger Strike

Thursday, October 13, 2011 |



LOS ANGELES TIMES

The U.S.-born drug trafficking suspect known as "La Barbie" has gone on a hunger strike at the high-security prison in Mexico where he awaits extradition to the United States because authorities are denying him conjugal visits over discrepancies in his partner's documents, authorities say.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a 38-year-old Texas native known as "La Barbie" for his fair looks, has not eaten prison-prepared food since Oct. 2, authorities said.

He is still receiving food and cleaning products that inmates are able to buy inside the Altiplano prison in the central state of Mexico, the federal public safety ministry said in a statement released Thursday (link in Spanish).

The statement comes after a brother of the suspected drug-trafficker told the San Antonio Express-News that Valdez stopped eating on Sept. 26 over conditions at Altiplano. Abel Valdez said his brother went on a hunger strike out of fear that prison authorities are setting him up to be killed by other inmates by spreading a rumor that he is a snitch.

Veronica Peñuñuri, spokeswoman for the federal public safety ministry, said the allegations had no merit. "La Barbie" chose to stop eating the prison's cafeteria food after his petition for a conjugal visit with an unnamed woman was tripped up due to discrepancies in copies of her birth certificate, Peñuñuri told The Times.

The woman's documents showed locations of birth in three places: Acapulco, in Guerrero state, Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, and Laredo, Texas, where "La Barbie" was born.

"This is done with all inmates," Peñuñuri said. "All that is happening is that we are determining where she was born so that she can enter."

Valdez's health is not in danger and he is being monitored by prison doctors, she added.

"La Barbie," accused of running an ultra-violent enforcement arm of the Beltran-Leyva cartel, was arrested in August 2010.

He sparked intrigue among drug-war observers for sporting a sly grin when Mexican authorities presented him in a customary media event. One theory that circulated at the time suggested that Valdez, as a U.S. citizen, was expecting to become a protected witness for U.S. authorities in exchange for a lighter sentence if convicted.

He faces multiple drug trafficking charges in Texas and Louisiana.

More than a year later, Valdez has not been extradited and remains behind bars in Mexico. His brother told the San Antonio paper this week that "La Barbie" is being set up by prison authorities who are spreading rumors about Valdez to other inmates.

"They're using tactics to keep my brother's mouth shut because he knows too much," Abel Valdez told the Express-News.

The suspected trafficker's lawyers also allege that they're not given access to their client.

"La Barbie" -- a former high school football player in Laredo -- also became an unexpected fashion icon after he was presented to the media wearing the clothes he was wearing when captured: a pine-green Ralph Lauren polo shirt with "London" on the front.

These shirts -- or more precisely, large quantities of knock-off versions -- have since become hot-selling items in the notorious Tepito market of downtown Mexico City and other dense streets where vendors hawk pirated goods, raising concern among Mexican officials about the rise of "narco-fashion" (link in Spanish).

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26 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I do wish you the best but hombre your probably not gonna make it you made too many enemies and thought you secured an easy way out. Who do you think is laughing now?

Anonymous said...

Just let him starve. Asshole.

Anonymous said...

He needed to lose weight anyway. I'm sure that the food is bad, too. So he's not really depriving himself of much.

Anonymous said...

At least he isn't demanding "Botox Treatment" and the ability to order his meals from the outside like La Reina del Sur.

Anonymous said...

His Culo needs to Loose Weight Anyway.

Anonymous said...

Considering his large stores of fat, if he doesn't eat another bite, he could starve to death in about 9 or 10 years. His murder victims however, did not have any considerations. Aparantly there is a problem with Ken's birth certificate. Let bubba conjugate in proxy. Keep smiling Joto!!

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful how it works in mexico as soon as the white skinned actor on Televisa/TVAzteca all the mexicans run to copy them. It's the opposite of "brown pride"

CapoMasPoderoso said...

WTF! They better start feeding my boy Carne Asada and Camarones a la Diabla, para empezar un ceviche por favor. Where are his rights? LMFAO, I wonder what his wife is going to say about that conjugal?

Anonymous said...

the prison don't care about hunger strikes here in USA they will let you not eat for 10-14 days then they will get a court order to strap you down and put a IV in your nose lol


~~~el spaceio~~~

Anonymous said...

What a fucking joke! He's probably not eating simply because he's afraid he will be poisoned! Second, why the fuck do they keep mentioning this asshole was high school football star! Who gives a fuck..he's fucking 38 years old, he went to H.S. like over 20 years ago! It's pretty pathetic this asshole is trying to garner sympathy..maybe they should allow him to view his old execution video, where he shot that dude in the head without hesitation.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA pinche Barbie cobarde, don't eat!, do us ALL a favor! Let's see that smirk now handsome!

Anonymous said...

Good. He's too fat.

Anonymous said...

Que se muera de ambre ese pinche muerto de ambre!

Anonymous said...

From last pictures he could go 6mos Without eating,poor little fellow, we will all say a prayer for him tonight,NOT.

Anonymous said...

Partial payment for all the monstrosities he did to many human beings. An eye for an eye. The devil will take care of the rest. He deserves that and more. Let him starve to death, feed him to the pigs and whatever is left burn it than call his brother to pick up whatever trash is left.

Anonymous said...

all this just because they don't want to give him a piece of ass. newsflash barbie: someone else is having conjugal visits with your wife right now....see you in 100 years when you get out!

Slice your wrists...youll go out like that

Anonymous said...

They should let the other inmates have at his worthless no good fat ass... He is a scum bag piece of shit in Mexico and the US he equals a big fat 0...

Anonymous said...

Why are they even offering him food in the first place?

Anonymous said...

You guys are stupid my cousins dad who was in a tijuana prison he was a small dealer he had everything in there im sure la barbie is eating some good ass food thats why he aint eating shit.

Anonymous said...

ah, the mexican prisons...of course they are setting him up to be killed. why is this extradition taking so long? they want to keep him quiet so he wont talk? is it because both the US and Mexico high officials will crumble if he does? what is really going on? he is probably in no hunger strike, prison food HAHA, in Mexican prisons? they're probably denying him food to force him to do as they (officials) want...everything is a cover up for something

Anonymous said...

Who really cares about this fat ass anymore anyways...not even worth putting on Borderland Beat. He should worry more about his future and wipe that smirk off his face. If he was a REAL man he would shut his mouth and do his time...take what he's got coming...

Anonymous said...

this dude told on everybody & their mom,hes a traitor at heart,hes looking forward to his extradition to the U.S. of A where filth like him get pampered in the witness protection program.and ladies & gentlemen,thats exactly whats going to happen,he'll get a slap on the wrist & a few yrs in an american prison so that upon his release he can ride off into the sunset & spend the millions of dollars that the justice department is going to allow him to keep for snitching on his partners.hey,the U.S of A does it all the time.

Anonymous said...

Yo. What la barbie really needs is a hot n spicy from Mickey Ds. That will power him up enough to start hunting the filthy Zetas again. Mexico needs to be cleaned up for good so Americans can go there on vacation free of worries.

Anonymous said...

El Barbie escaped to politicians home next to school on Augustim De Iturbide with the militarys help. The residence is on the 1st or second alley to the left after the school near the end of the ally.
Upon their leaving they killed Senora Pintado, her last words were "Ohh Dioooosss!!"
Contrary to military reports their were no firearms used 45 minutes to her death. A shotgun and pistol were presumably used in two round of about 4 shots. Thew second volley laying her to rest.
Approximatly 20 minutes later a humvee exited Camino Real drove to the alley entrance and whisked Edgar away driving West.

Anonymous said...

El valluco, dropping a comment, we all have to do what has to be done,

Anonymous said...

One love gose out to la barbie you had to do what you had I don't Juge no ones perfect keep yo head u g


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