Saturday, June 16, 2018

How 'La Barbie' became the top-ranking leader of a Mexican drug cartel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from LMT online 
Valdez' home,  teen years in Laredo

Mexican drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, otherwise known as "La Barbie," was sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to serve nearly five decades in prison for his violent drug-related crimes.

During Valdez's reign in Mexico, the cartel leader left a track of dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets, hanged corpses from bridges and other crimes. But for this native Laredoan, Villarreal's upbringing was far from violent - on the contrary, it was described as homely.

Carla Valdez, a prosecutor in Texas and one of Valdez's six sisters, told U.S. District Judge William Duffey on Monday that she and her siblings were raised by humble, hardworking parents who taught them strong values and morals.

 Valdez, whom Duffey described as a "seriously evil criminal," was once just an average Texas teenager, who played football at United High School. As the Longhorn's linebacker, prosecutors said it was during this time that Valdez began selling marijuana.

But things escalated as Valdez became involved with the Beltran Leyva cartel, whose leaders were associated with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel at the time. Valdez would eventually become the leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel, following the death of its leader, Arturo Beltran Leyva, in 2009.


Before his arrest by Mexican federal police in 2010, Valdez enjoyed a flashy, cartel lifestyle. Valdez wore nice suits and owned luxury homes, including a ranch with a zoo that housed a lion, prosecutor Elizabeth Hathaway said in court.

His image was one of intimidation and allure. In the years that he ran the drug gang, Valdez became a legend of sorts in Laredo - even inspiring a movie to be made based on his life.

In an interview by the Houston Chronicle in 2010, the Laredo Police Department attempted to make sense of a man who got his start selling dime bags of marijuana to leading a team of assassins.

"There is a lot of speculation as to what relationships he had and what relationships led up to where he is now," said Investigator Jose E. Baeza, Laredo Police Department spokesman. "He was able to do enough to gain the trust."

Even Valdez's own family is still striving for answers to grasp his violent cartel ties. On Monday, Duffey said he struggled to understand how Valdez got so off track despite his strong family background.

"Why are you a prosecutor and why is your brother a seriously evil criminal?" Duffey asked Carla Valdez.

That's a question her family asks every day, she said.

Despite their family member's ruthless crimes, Valdez's parents, siblings, nieces and nephews packed the courtroom in support of their loved one. During his sentencing hearing, his siblings pleaded with the judge for leniency.

But Duffey wasn't swayed.

Valdez was handed a sentence of 49 years and one month for crimes in which Duffey referred to as despicable and a betrayal to his family and his country. In addition to time served, Valdez was also ordered to forfeit $192 million.

Valdez told the judge he accepted responsibility for his wrongdoing and apologized to his family.

"I'm not a bad person," Valdez said. "I am a good person who has made bad decisions."

184 comments:

  1. wasnt his sentence sealed? how is it that it states 49 years and 1 month???

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    1. it was sealed...all the conclusion of the court and details. If it was exposed chapo's defense could use to nullify valdez' testimony if he is called

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    2. Chapos lawyers already petitioned to unseal what happened with this guys deal with the government

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    3. time served is not added. he served a nickle already

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    4. My buddy had 90 years cut down to 50 got out in 20.
      Another had death sentence got out in 15
      Another had 100 years got out in 20...
      But they were NO barbies.
      I believe the government is pinning a few too many charges on a fall guy, but only the drug trafficking would be enough, those 4 "zetas" that were hunting for him and we're sent to their maker were up to no good, were taken care of in mexico, unless they were secret US agents, why is the US getting involved with it?
      I see how Tejas could be insulted, after all tamaulipas, the golfas and the zetas are their local buddy buddy alono with Ugeño Hernandez, Yarrington, viejidio cantú and Francisco Javier garsia cabeza de cagadas de vacas, the Tejas born new governor...4 worse drug trafficking murdering heads of crime than La Barbie, but friends of Texas and its politicians, even Osiel cardenas guillén had it good, 25 years and 50 million dollars fine, but Juan Garcia Abrego wasn't given a break, in for iife, no explanation, "just get him out of the way" to help the real criminals in Tejas and Tamaulipas.

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    5. Chivis, the Department of Justice released a press release detailing his conviction and sentencing. He is facing multiple life sentences which are mandatory and he has not been sentences to 49 years as the fake news has reported. His sentencing hearing has not been had yet. The fake news is just making the internet go heywire. I admire your pursuit for truth and facts before you post comments that can be verified. I enjoy your articles and posts. https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/mexican-cartel-leader-edgar-valdez-villareal-aka-la-barbie-pleads-guilty-drug

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    6. Hola! Thank you. The link was from 2016 after he entered a plea of guilty.

      What is confusing to me is that jhe was not charged for murder, yet chapo can be....no equality

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    7. Chivis the DoJ release is dated June 11, 2018.

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    8. Hi where are you seeing that date? this is copy and paste from the link you provided maybe yoju meant to send me another? see below from link:

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Wednesday, January 6, 2016
      Mexican Cartel Leader Edgar Valdez-Villareal, A/K/A "La Barbie," Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

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    9. My bad Chivis, the sentence is stipulated in the opening paragraph of the DoJ release. 49 years and one month.

      Department of Justice
      U.S. Attorney’s Office
      Northern District of Georgia
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, June 11, 2018
      Mexican cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villareal, a/k/a “La Barbie,” sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking and money laundering

      ATLANTA - Edgar Valdez-Villareal, a/k/a La Barbie, who was born in the U.S. and rose to be a high-level leader of Mexico’s Beltran-Leyva Cartel, has been sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on charges of cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

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    10. No, cuidao con La Chiva Holmes,
      se las masca ardiendo.

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    11. You tambien se las puedo mascar.

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    12. so you say maybe the zetas killed on video where american agents, thats why the US wanted him? nope, there are many narcos the US wants that we havent heard of and its because theyre in charge of some of the dope that mskes it over the border, thats why he was wanted in the first place and at rhe time that he was on the run, he had made popular recording the deaths of his enemies to intimidate his rivals like that video he shoots a guy in the temple, those days that wasnt the common so he got alot of attention and they wanted him out, aside from being a high ranking member of a cartel there was something special about him that the united states found interedting, he was a U.S. Citizen and at that time the highest ranking cartel member to be a us citizen, yes chapo and mayo have kids that are american citizens but unlike them whos family gives them their position in a cartel and are there have power and respect simply for being the sons of the bosses, this guy had no family ties and he worked his way up. now if u have kids and ome of them starts going out to hang out with the gangsters and doing all this crazy shit you obiouslt will wanna put a stop and not let it influence ur other kids, well being an american citizen murdering people all over mexico meanwhile his family is respected and tied to the us government like his sister obiously the us government is not gonna tolerate one of its citizens running around causing chaos while his family represents the us government

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  2. This guy wasnt big.

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    1. You have no clue if you think La Barbie wasn’t big. Edgar was ruthless and responsible for a lot of bad shit on both sides of the border. The most fascinating part of his story is that he became highly successful in the narco world as an American without blood lines to leaders.
      Mica

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    2. Valdez battled Zetas in Neuevo Laredo in 2005 for CDS. He is the alleged interrogator in the execution video of four Zetas at the time. Then he became boss of Acapulco. After his capture, Acapulco went to hell.

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    3. Too true - It was his demise as the lead guy in Acapulco that signaled the end of Acapulco. BLO ran Acapulco well - they kept the city relatively safe. Now it is a bunch of small violent groups who kill with impunity. No-one has control, and no-one is safe there.

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    4. My gf is from Acapulco and she said the violence got even worse after 2010, and he got arrested in august of that year

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    5. He was famouse but wasnt that big in terms of the dope he was pushing. There a literally hundreds of of people serving time for pushing bigger loads than him.

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    6. 1:07 the zetas "at the time" were hunting for La Barbie in Cacapulco when they were spotted and trapped, and they were up to no good, like the zetas of those days,
      IF THEY HAD TRAPPED their intended barbie victim they would have made Barbie Barbecue or caniasada, including his girlfriend and dog and cat, no bus fare to go home for them.
      --La Barbie would make a better governor of guerrero or tamaulipas or Tejas and a better president of mexico,
      --the accusations of dismembering people are one new thing too, to extort testimony by any means necessary, that kind of zeta butchering was never his style, piling up charges to railroad somebody is on the best tradition of a powerful tejas government full of tejas sized bullshit.

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    7. 6:28 Beltranes where hitmen only for CDS before they broke off with them. This means that they hardly had any of the actual connections to obtain drugs and is the reason why they did not move so many loads of them. Had they been the brains instead of the broan before the split then perhaps they would have moved many more???

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    8. I always see articles sayings highest ranking american in mexican drug cartel la barbie, when jr and pedro were just as big if not bigger

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    9. 7:25
      Juan Abrego was the highest ever, he was the leader of the Gulf Cartel.

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    10. 9:40 Juan abrego was born in mexico though

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    11. 6:33 estas bien mal, Arturo y Alfredo siempre traficaron Yierba para EEUA luego en los 90s se conecto bien en colombia y empeso con Polvo. De hecho los Colombianos preferian trabajar con Arturo que con el Sapo Guzman. Fue por eso que empeso la envidia de el Chapo hacia los Beltranes en especial contra Arturo.

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    12. El heuvo (z40 nephew)is also from the u.s. from dallas tx

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    13. 2:26 He was born in Texas and tried to claim he was born in Mexico.

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    14. Abrego has been issued a passport the department of whatever recognized him as a us citizen

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  3. “I’m not a bad person, I am a good person who has made bad decisions.” WTF kind od idiotic staemnet this jackass has made. He is a mass murderer, a butcher, a self imposed judge issuing death sentences and murdering with his own hand, gun, knife, machete, axe, chainsaw, wood chipper, baseball bat and whatever else he would choose as a weapon for his pleasure.. He is a fucking spawn from hell a walking remorseless bloodthirsty monster who has absolutely no right to live at all. Hopefully, somehow and in some way, he will be gutted and killed in prison even though he will be in isolation. They are cleaning his cell at Supermax ADX Florence as we wait for his imminent death. Hopefully he will commit suicide as the coward he is.

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    1. 10:25 all his high profile killings are of people involved in the drug game in one way or another. They’re all fair game IMO.

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    2. You're not ostricized in prison for being a killer and if someone wanted to kill him it wouldn't be out of a moral vision but merely to further his own profile.

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    3. How honest are your feeling to yourself? If any feeling was so over powering that expression was mandatory, stating without metit is meaningless. I think haters only hate. Shit talkers come from shit. La Barbie is facinatfascto to read about for me because of the singularity regeding his life. Statements without merit or origin are worthless like it's producers

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    4. for @9:44 you are a jackass, a promoter of hatred and death. you are facinated by a mass murderer? you probably get a hard on reading about john wayne gacy too you sicko. a brutal mass killer and you think he is a hero of sorts?? fucking sick and demented you are!!!!!

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    5. Hey fake ID Amado. Are you sick that you actually glorify a mass murderer who killed for personal gratification & pleasure?

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    6. 100% agreed. All cartels members are subhuman trash who need to be exterminated. When the civil war war breaks out in Mexico, those spouting bullshit trying to deflect blame from the cartels will be the first ones to hang.

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    7. Mista' armando, at @9:44 and @9:29 we don't even know who tha hell's ass you talking to, we post the time of the hated foes we want to snuff and twist their necks.

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    8. Nobody is gonna kill him in prison. Guys who have achieved the level of power in the criminal world like he has are revered in prison. If he ever gets out of ADX and sent to a less restrictive pen he'll be at the top of the totem pole and he'll have underlings doing his laundry and cooking for him.

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  4. A good person who made bad choices? Like dismembering people alive?

    He would be right back at it if he were let out today.

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  5. My respect to sinaloa they came to tamaulipas and made war to Ex Gafes Zetas that takes a lot of balls even tho they lost both sides took Ls But zetas lost a lot of power And where not the Most powerful cartel after that
    Has a tamaulipense i hate the zetas with all my heart wish cjng will come in n take them.out but they don't have the balls bucnc of cowards

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    1. 11:14 Zetas were never the most powerful. Even with CDG they were heavyweights but not on the level of the Sinaloa Federation. They operated all over Mexico with impunity with the exception of Tamps and Nuevo Leon. They tried taking over the plaza and even tho Arturo and the BLO got their footing there, the CDG and Zetas were too much for a spread thin Sinaloa. You just dont go there trying to take over those peoples turf, much respect. But if Chapo and Arturo didn’t start their bullshit, the Sinaloa federation would’ve taken over that area eventually. Thats not a knock on tamps and NL thats just two very powerful men whos forces joined would’ve been too much even for the marina.

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    2. Sinaloa had control of laredo and the zetas came and took it from them and if jalisco cartel were to go to tamaulipas it would be a blood bath more so than what it is now

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    3. "tamaulipense" lol sure you're from Tamaulipas

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    5. I’m sorry but I have read several articles about the Zetas and not everyone of the originals were Gafes. As far as I know only the main leader was Gafe. The story went out was blown out of proportion and then it became almost real as a true fact. For what I have read only one was a Gafe most of the others were ex military only.

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    6. Tamaulipas, Coahuila, zacatecas, chihuahua, durango and Monterrey NL were the turf of Carlos Salinas de Gortari El "hombrecillo DE Agualeguas Nuevo León and all the way to guerrero where ex governor Francisco Ruiz Massieu his brother in law and federal senate leader had it under control, they and CDG owned all of mexico, not "Sinaloa" and only after the salinato, Zedillo had the GATES KILLING INDIANS LIKE KAIBILES FROM GUATEMALA ON THEIR WAY TO ZETADOM IN TAMAULIPAS...
      La chapa was in prison from about 1995 until 2000 "for the murder attempt on him by the arellanuses", where Salinas got cardinal Posadas Ocampo murdered and for which crime he got rid of the CAF TOO.
      there are many ducks here, but not at all in a row.
      "Murder she said",
      I say Kangaroo Court on a Runaway Railroad Train for La Barbie typical, to try and extort some testimony and put sombody in prison fó life and extort a billion dollars somehow, and that fits more squarely with the facts and situations we all know.
      Another strange coincidence is that El Barbas was getting cozy with Los Zetas by the time he got whacked by the MARINAS FECALES of EPN and genarco Garcia luna, El Barbas got infiltrated by Los zetas, that brought him down and left everything around Estado de Mexico and Mexico City in EPN's hands until today, before BLO it was all Amado carrillo fuentes turf, the Juarez cartel was left out after amado, but BLO was not going to enjoy it for long, all these capos are not that evil and do not have the military to boss around or tempt with never ending richess...PRI AND EPN DO.

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    7. 456 ese we no sabe de donde es pero de Tamaulipas no es

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    8. Lieutenant Arturo Guzman Decena was army, went to the Gafes and then retired to beckme a federal police agent, soon after was recruited by osiel Cardenas guillén and he hired from his former Gafes compadres, they were notany, but they trained their sicarios and halcones in the kaibil arts of paramilitary terrorism for the state, and also involved a lot of youngsters as grameros and maruchaneros to cover a lot of ground, after all they were infantry, they also hired English speaking associates to do their own dirty shit on the US, that how z40 got his break, he had been what a landscaping gangbanger in Tejas for his claim to fame...

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    9. Cjng is already in Tamaulipas pendejos! Hahaha

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    10. @11:14
      You got the bullz Rambosombrero start a revolution. clean up your streets, your town; auto defense groups are not only for remote villages. Out with z with cjng they still extort your city, cab drivers, businesses, public officials, steal fuel, threaten the newspapers, rape women, sell drugs to your son & daughter- great bunch of guys.

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  6. All the people he kill where really bad person he should be praised for it not giving 49 years

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    1. 11:28 you're right there mister.

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  7. Mattel is on a fast track to producing a limited edition Jerry Curled Pale Man Narco "La Barbie" maybe this will bring back Toys r Us back to life!

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  8. There you go chivis . He is "not a bad person , a good person that's made bad choices" . That blows your theory of evil out off the water . LOL . Who knows though , it could run in the family . I have known of some pretty evil prosecutors for real .

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    1. yup! I feel so much better about him now.

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    2. The choices we make are what defines us as persons. Barbie is not a bright person.

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    3. @7:59 Your perspective on being bright is questionable. Barbie is alive. Can’t really say the same for a lot of his enemies. - Sol Prendido

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    4. Well, chole, I see you've fallen in love again,
      Congratulations!

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    5. Barbies main enemies are alive and some are even free not caged like hime. Before you decide what is questionable, question yourself first: earthworms in dirt are also alive but I dont think they're too "bright".

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  9. I feel bad for his family because it is difficult for them to understand why he became a monster. But his crimes escalated to a higher level. He needs to pay the price. They need to understand and grow up. Barbie is no longer who he was before. And he will never be who he was before.

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    1. Finding ones identity within oneself with help with confinement.
      If smart he will utilize his time wisely by reading and writing. Finding truths of oneself and life.

      E42

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    2. @1:46PM E42, Did you take some Philosophy courses last semester?

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    3. Don't know if your comment is sincere or simply being sarcastic. I took many courses in philosophy when I began my college at the age of 17. Along with writing.
      Moreover, continue to read. A hobby I enjoy on my spare time.
      So please let's keep this friendly. No need for bashing nor with insults.
      Sure you would like the same in return.
      It may be hard for you to comprehend but there are some of us who do take education seriously.

      E42

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    4. DD . I think he is trying to be funny or she is trying to make lemonade outa lemons . Or like making the best out of a bad situation . Is he remorseful ? Maybe . Maybe more that all these cartel bosses that "did nothing wrong " . He is willing to step up and pay his dues . I have to give him that . Didn't he turn himself in ? Its always been my understanding that 50 is considered life in the texas system . Civis probably knows . I seem to recall her saying she done texas time a few years back . I think I have a copy of that .

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    5. My theory is E42 is actually Kanye West

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    6. @3:20PM 42. I don't think I said anything insulting or bashing you. If I did I apologize.

      Ironically your complaint to me about insulting you was a pretty obvious insult to me.

      " may be hard for you to comprehend but there are some of us who do take education seriously".

      I take education seriously enough to obtained a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence). That along with years of practicing law taught me to face reality. It did not teach me that when a criminal is incarcerated it is good for him because he will have the opportunity to explore his inner self and find out who he really is. It taught me that he is going to spend a miserable life while in jail and likely a hard life when he gets out. I guess our different paths in education gives us a different view on life.

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    7. Dam DD schooling this kid that Wass up bro

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    8. Unfortunate circumstances will often require a pause to realize the harm and truth to life. Everyone makes mistakes,that's human nature.
      I have many college degrees and continue educating myself. A progress that no one can take away but oneself.

      @9.28
      If your theories are that what you state. Can only imagine the magnitude of shortcomings and failures of your life.

      E42

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    9. his bro is a texas policeman. He had a good life, lived in a super nice home and went to good schools. He was not drowning without a life raft. he was attracted to evil for the sake of evil

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    10. Congradulations DD on obtaining your degree! I want a degree so bad! I'm working on it.

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    11. Let's list his crimes one by one, not the alleged allegations of the alligators that have his ass in the rat trap.
      La Barbie may have been attracted to evil, me too, I have wanted to wring some necks for a while I don't do it because of the consequences, but when the enemy gets too close to you there is only you or them, not one or the other cheek.
      --El Benja, El güero Palma, La Chapa, and others are being held on trumped up charges, the irony...

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    12. @2:05PM Something else I learned - that degree and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee )at least it would back then). What is important than the degree is the knowledge you acquired getting it and how you use that.

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    13. universtiy learning is indoctrinated thinking.
      rarely do they "think outside the box".
      Generally uni learning is high level mediocrity.
      I'm not too impressed with superficial uni "philosophers" with cute nicknames.

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    14. Tony, what universities have you studied at and what research can you provide that support your assertions?

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    15. DD @2:05PM. I have a BA, MA and JD, but 95% or more of my book knowledge was learned through personal free-time reading.

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    16. jeeze can't will all just get along?

      This one is insulted by that one, that one is insulted by the first guy, third guy jumps in and makes me LOL...BUT wait, not so funny to first guy, who is insulted. by Mr. LOL ...

      I give up...anyway I am insulted by all you all.

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    17. Dear Mi Fren....

      I want to thank you for your consistent contributions to BB. You have no idea how much time you save just by sending in links to press stories. THANK YOU!!!!

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    18. @Tu Fren
      Awesome!!!

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  10. My friend Adolfo was like Barbie. Adolfo was a cool person but drugs and his involvement with gangs change him forever. He was involved in 10 murders in California and finally was arrested in Chicago by the FBI.

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    1. Sounds like a interesting story anywhere i can read more about it?? Thanks

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    2. Look for Adolfo Marin Cuevas

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    3. 4:30 you had me going,
      For a moment I though adolfo constanzo.

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    4. Lol not that one but that guy was also crazy.

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  11. Hasta la vista punk.

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  12. He has a narcojunior son, Edgar Valdez Beltran.

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    1. He makes it seems like he is friends with los Chapitos

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    2. Maybe thru Tito Beltran. Even tho it’s bad between them now.

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    3. A la mini-barbie se la pelan las envidiosas,
      --Daddy Barbie may be helped to see his way clear when he testifies if El mini-barbie is friends with Los Chapitos...

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    4. Tito Beltran and the Chapitos are cool.
      They are family,
      But BLO and CDS are still at war
      The Charritos from BLO hate the chapos

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    5. @12;24, they aren’t as cool as you think. Guano and Tito are on one side.

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    6. 12:24 problem is: the charritos montaperros have their king in prison, unless he got out.
      Jorge Rubén Beltrán León El Charrito, puente grande, former sicario del "Chalo Araujo" Gonzalo Araujo Payán and his sons "Los Chalitos", of whom Gustavo Octavio Araujo Zazueta died fighting for ABLO THE DAY THEY MURDERED El Barbas.
      El Chalo Araujo was a father in law to La Barbie?

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  13. Common excuses: Everyone makes mistakes, Stumbled down the wrong path, Forced by circumstances..

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    1. 12:34 official misconduct, judicial overreach, trumped up charges, kangaroo courts, and so on, terms not invented to help La Barbie, but have been around for a reason...

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    1. Yeah even after being sentenced he can cooperate and probably will,chivis is going to go in on us for this but its the truth

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    2. La Barbie is a white guy, he will be fine, specially if he changes his name to EXXON VALDEZ, may even get financial help and tax breaks damet!
      Wanna beat your ass?

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  15. Bad choices are made by many everyday.In the end; if one cannot see the reasoning behind such irrational actions / behavior. One will never be at peace nor true to oneself.

    Bottom line: who are we to judge? Laws are only implemented for the sole purpose of order and stability. Rather, a set of rules / criteria that forms structure in society.
    A necessity by many great thinkers to avert chaos. Often favoring one individual / group from another. Depending what end of the field one stands on.

    True judgement will come from a superior body.

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    1. That's some real talk. Reality is prospective and intimate. It bothers me when people go outside of their capacity and judge discriminatory as if God was their force. Am i wrong for beliving that those who know, don't have to state their knowing to feel secure?

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    2. 12:52 pos mientras Aqui se va a chingar la barbie,
      eso se saca por andar ahi nomás de caliente.
      Eso si, La Barbie no es "producto de la educación mexicana" ni es el unico.

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    3. No shit Sherlock... ones ass murders sell drugs and screws over the IRS, then ones ass gets judged by another ones ass called your honor in hotlanta...
      Bottom line his ass is going to jail on this planet for a long time...
      True judgment, I believe does come in the afterlife but ones ass pays in this life as well...

      Kiss (keep it simple pendejo)

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    4. @ Keep it simple penejo.
      What do you think the rich do?
      Avoid paying the IRS as much as possible. Offshore accounts and shell companies.
      That's real.
      Quite sure trump made his millions by using scrupulous tactics.

      E42

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    5. Unscrupulous is the word and David Cay Johnston knows all there is to be known about it, and he says it is WORSE THAN YOU THINK, I bet on David...
      There are Hundreds of books by many authors now, docentries as a Dossier, and millions of documents seized for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen...not for nothing rudi giulianni is demanding The People "stop torturing this poor man..." and declare investigations over.

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  16. Lots of psychopaths in the DTO business

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    1. 12:56 worse psychopaths above the drug trafficking business, some even grant presidential pardons or arrange them for their goodfellas...like Joseph Weichselbaun...

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    2. With that amount of violence & consequences to mental illness there's no need to be born with an antisocial personality disorder because you will develop into it anyway.

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    3. Well, head Injuries from playing too enthusiastically have ruined many a mind, Alex Hernandez' brain was all facked up, same as some famous wrestlers, friends, steroids and meth further complicate shit.
      Examine La BarbieQ and let him go if found brain damaged.

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  17. His childhood home looks like a mansion compared to the average home in Laredo and like a castle compared to the average home in Nuevo Laredo. And a born Us citizen. Wow. Wonder if he met 40 before the problems? Wasnt he also afraid of Osiel and tried to male a deal? He Really messed up bad. Tony M.

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    1. Honestly the bigger drug dealers from where im from have families with a lot of money. Some of these kids get some inheritance and want to be drug dealers

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    2. I have numerous friends from high school and college who went into the drug business despite being born into families where they had no need for extra money. Most of them just wanted the excitement.

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    3. ^ Z3 comes to mind, dude could’ve lived a comfortable decent life but he chose the high life.

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    4. 11:23 military guilty of genocide and mass murdering massacres can't live confortable and decent lives, their victims are always reaching for their behinds to enjoy some reivindication then they die...

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    5. 10:42 yes, many Vietnam veterans still can't talk about it, and they did not misbehave themselves, just witnessing the animals you hang with ruins you forever.

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  18. I found it funny how arturo Beltran and the zetas were enemies to death and at the end they became best friends even when arturo die the zetas took venganza and kill the family of the marine who die at arturos death

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    1. It was the zetas that killed the marines family but it was on hector beltran leyvas order.

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    2. A ver ahora en ingles

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    3. Arturo never had a problem with the Zetas. It was Chapo who wanted Tamaulipas and NL so as a favor Arturo lent men and money plus political influence. What people don’t know is Arturo already had his hand in Nuevo León he didn’t need the Tamaulipas plaza. Arturo’s demise came from trusting his child hood friend Chapo.

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    4. @6:17 Quejas compa. Puras pinches quejas como siempre. Todo el mundo tiene quejas. Pero pocos tenemos la solución. Pero lo bueno es que para las quejas todos somos chingones en eso. - Sol Prendido

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    5. 1:23 that marine family executed in revenge unleashed a flood of masked men in mexico, all of them pretending to be doing the people's work while kidnapping them for ransom and torturing and murdering with reckless abandon to make money out of it like Arturo Bermudez Zurita and his beloved Parna "La Marrana" Duarte de Ochoa. And their masked fieles in the police academy...
      Don't believe everything you hear from the Mexican government, most of it is self serving lies.

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    6. It was mentioned on Barbie's background info that zetas came to laredo to take over and him being friends with Arturo asked him for support and Arturo asked Chapo and Mayo to finance the war on CDGZ

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    7. 6:37 Arturo Beltrán Leyva had the Toluca Mexico airport, and EPN wanted it, he arranged for the demise of ABL with FECAL and Garcia luna, El chapo had no use for it.

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    8. EPN wanted the small ass airport of Toluca. How do you people come up with this?

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    9. 4:43 after a few years, the Airport at Atenco would make EPN a lot more money, and now an airport expert, EPN is making Mexico City's new International airport, his and his buddies cash cow forever...

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    10. Cjng has it now

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    11. CJNG and EPN, but Who's the Boss?

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    12. Texas born Emilio Azcarraga "narcos-owner of televisa and Texas banker Carlos Hank Gonzalez always want to keep the family jewels in the family,

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  19. Another interesting tidbit about his family, one of his siblings won a $1,000,000 lottery jackpot in Texas.
    Mica

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    1. Mica, which one?
      I will not forget La Chivis
      But I'll marry her, and her million dollars
      until they are gone.
      By the way Mica, how much is your dowry?

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    2. @2:10AM
      This is by far one of my favorite stories on La Barbie. My dowry is not for sale ;-) https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/an-american-drug-lord-in-acapulco-20110825

      Mica

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    3. But I am for sale, Mica,
      just asking how much to make things interesting
      Thanks for sharing Rolling Stone

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  20. I wonder how many years he really thought he would get. 50 yrsis brutal but he did a lot of bad shit. Crazy how it seems murder is not a crime in Mexico

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  21. Money and power in the drug game changes people you think your invincible truth is you gotta know when to walk away. When the war started between cds and cdj was the point of no return. He could of quit and came to the u.s. before all hell broke loose.

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    1. Was it even possible for him to walk away though? His own organization could see it as treason abondoning them and even if they didn't, why would they want to keep being his backing when he doesn't contribute to the machinery? Added workload without increased value. And if it was a gentlemans agreement where he can walk away but forfeits his protection then why wouldn't his rivals not take a shot at him to settle old scores now that he's an open target?

      It would need an alernate reality where cartels followed an unwritten rule where ppl could retire and be left alone assuming they vow to never come back but it's human nature and it's bound to fail eventually. Some would want back in and others wouldn't respect a retirement, be it by simple opportunism or intese lust to revenge previous slightings. They used to have shit about respecting women families and civilians too and yet when the muscle measuring and increased profits called for constantly outdoing the competition it eventually all came undone.

      I don't think he had anywhere to go nor that he wasn't already addicted to his image, perks, strategizing activities and sense of belonging with those he hung around with and wouldn't have stayed anyway. It's easier if you're a nobody and never knew better but for him it would be constant personal sacrificing!

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    2. 5:48 well, now your camotón is going to find out what real depravation is, I mean deprivation. And he won't be able to walk away from any of it, unless he becomes born again, of course, some cults have it easier than others...

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  22. good riddance im gonna write him a troll letter lol. hope the guard approves it

    basically im gonna write him how his wife is now having sex with other men enjoying millions of dollars with those men and how his kids will never have their father in their life nor his future grandchildren

    lol

    POR PENDEJO

    FUCK ALL DRUG DEALERS

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    1. Be careful on that return address playa

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    2. But is true though, everything you are going to write is true.

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  23. He's didn't last long and at the end turned himself in for 😱.. Not ruthless like they make this clown to be

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  24. Good person with bad decisions??
    Lets not forget that his great grandfather was
    Rodolfo “El Gitano” Valdez the very first sicario in Sinaloa for the history he was very cold blooded. Maybe la Barbie got some of those genes in him

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    1. can you give me links to swupport that?

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      I didnt write the original comment but it is public domain info. La Barbie is also distantly related to el Chapo by way of, I think, el Gitano and another old time drug dealer. Just Google it and it should come up. That is the main reason I think Barbie moved up so quickly within the Beltran-Leyva structure (and not, like one blogger speculated, that Barbie and Arturo might have had some gay shit going on).

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    3. Here you go. http://www12.wikipedes.eu/03697511/RodolfoValdesOsuna

      Cheers,

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    4. https://juanitoguanabacoa.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/r-valdez-el-gitano1.jpg

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    5. sorry I am not buying into that. first of all what is this source? second read it it is very iffy. folklore.

      After he was ran out of NL he tried to make it in Mty. and could not get off the ground. he ask a mutual friend to introduce him to arturo BL. he proposed a alliance, ABL was not sure and hesitated. valdez in his own words said he did not know anyone in sinaloa incl BLO before then. hearing arturo loved horses valdez bought him an outstanding horse and hired an expert to teach arturo to ride. it was then arturo accepted valdez into the fold.

      what has been written countless times is that valdez was the same type of sicario as El JT and La Barbie after him.

      His brother the policeman says no other in the family has gone to the dark side.

      Anyway, that is all the time I want to devote...actually I don't care it means nothing one way or the other.

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    6. Regardless chivis, translate a story about El Gitano to us the non Spanish readers. this fits the blog since he was the first hit man

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    7. I agree 11:09. I have enough info and great articles to do just that. there is one from El Debate that is outstanding.

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    8. @7:01 thanks for that info, if Gitano is or not Barbies grandfather it doesn’t matter I’m sure most of us never heard of this character. I’m not a fan of narcos but I like the folklore about this type of history. It’s good to have articles here and there
      About the past mercenaries and there’s stories

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    9. The Corrido de Pedro Avilés, Incomparables de Tijuana:
      "Gitano, ya mataron a tu jefe,
      CULICHI, ya mataron a pedro..."
      that is Pedro Avilés and El Gitano valdez, and Culichi...?

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  25. I once read that los zetas killed one of Barbies brothers. Armando Valdez Villareal or maybe just Armando Villareal. I don’t know if that person was his real brother or just a brother in crime. I know for sure he did ask the zetas on that video why did they kidnap his brother right before he kill them.

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    1. he was not a blood brother. He has 6 sisters and one brother...all always lived in Texas. The brother was or is a Texas police officer. The brother and one sister testified in his sentencing hearing. all of the siblings were in the courtroom when he was sentenced, but only the one brother and one of his sisters spoke on his behalf.

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  26. At least his son is still alive n active with los chapitos
    -💯

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    1. This is 100% true, but it’s not Ivan or Alfredo, so not really Chapitos, more like a son of Chapos that’s not involved what so ever in the business.

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  27. La purra pinche Barbie jefe! Yjhoe andaba ayee en el merro pedo de la plaza disco tech en donde meh yeboe mi primo al otro lado. Eataba y esta la cosa buena. Paga 10$ parral parri, tienia dies y ses, y ninegoon molesto. Aniyo como 90 por ay. El desmadre pego el puto anyo de 9/11. Esos putos leh cambiaron allah purra muerte. Esque unos Son mas pobres. La Barbie Con ken y se grado theh United.

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  28. That house is a sprawling stone/brick bungalow.I would say upper middle class.I also think coming out in a pine box is not the vision he had for retirement.Mexico allowed him to think he was invincible and allowed him to think he was all that and more but hey all good parties come to an end eventually.Poor child he can't even enjoy those $ millions so it was all for nothing.Maybe a few fun years stroking the ego and forgeting his low self esteem but 50 years of hell!Was it really worth it Barbie especially being an American?You already had the American dream but your greed got in the way and I don't doubt drug addiction also got in the way of your 'bad choices'.It started out innocently but escalated and you couldn't get out.

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    1. Greedier people got in the middle, that is all.

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  29. You can look how fat he was when he got arrested, must be a due to the good luxury life he had, I bet he ate like 8 times a day with the most delicious foods, he didn't had to do any phyiscal moves as he had people hired for him to do such things, you can also look at his the most longest enemy: Z3 after he got whacked by marinas in coahuila as of ex-gafe soldier he shouldv been masculine guy but he just yet another greed chubby guy

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    1. Barbie was big into taking steroids and lifting. The ranch he was taken from had a full gym in one of the weigh stables. He had strict regimen when he would stay weeks upon weeks in Playa del Carmen. He had a house there and was a regular at the gyms.

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  30. "Im a good person that made bad decisions" im sure the people you hung from bridges said the same before they died, enjoy your 4 walls, fat fuck.

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    1. 1:04 who did he hang from bridges?
      I think you are some fat liar.
      The charges would have to be proven in court
      even if he confessed and pled guilty.

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  31. At least He apologised jajajajaja atte: fake

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  32. Most people say that war in nuevo laredo was started in 2005 or 2004
    Actually war out there began in 2003 fifteen days after Osiel got arrested. La barbie under chapos and arturos approval called Z3 Lazca and threated him and gave him some few days to leave nuevo laredo. War in nuevo laredo became more hotter when la barbies gunman attacked police commander that freed two detained zetas from detention center in august and made they've made biggest shootout outtathere, Z3 had local municipal police under his payroll so whenever they would arrest anyone from Sinaloa cartel or any drug trafficker or suspicious person policemen would call the Zetas. The Zs would usualy travel with big SUVS with dark windows, police would hand the arrested man to the Zetas without any problem. Also Mendez Leyva the barbies man would rent safe houses for la barbie gunmen. So la barbie man didn't only fought Los Zetas outthere but also they were fighting police as well

    Original Zetas managed to capture nuevo laredo plaza somewhere in the summer of 2002 under orders from osiel after they kidnapped and killed chacho garcia, Chacho garcia would make the independent drug traffickers t pay 50kUSD fee every month they could move drugs without limitation. Whenever Nuevo laredo plaza fell under osiels hand he made the prices more double and would simply execute anyone whoever would refuse

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    1. ^Any other info on that, just curious. Don't know much about Barbie and his people.

      Didn't know barbie threatened Lazca like that, seems foolish as hell.
      Guess they hadn't showd their power yet.

      Prior to that Osiel had sent some of his Z guys when they found where Rolando Salinas "el Rolis" lived.
      He had his people as well and lazca ended up blowing up a huge gas tank to get away.

      One was injured in the arm/shoulder but not too bad , on the Z side.

      Your right Osiel had sent Z3 in charge along with some original Z's. Oscar el "winnie pooh" and Z14 "Chispa" as well. Sure there were many other grunts but those were the ranking ones.
      Winnie pooh was an actual subteniente or caporal in ejercito and knew his shit he was oldest out of all of them.
      Didn't hear much from Chispa then.

      Oscar he ended up being somewhat in charge of Reynosa later on; Somethin happened with Hummer though and he took over after oscar suicided.
      Hummer was up there but not too many got along with him. Como que era Mamón...
      Not even samuel M3 was all that good with him.

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    2. @10:11 Oscar Z8 was the most badass person in the MX cartel history also with that nickname from cartoon that passed away very soon, there's too lack of information about him and even his photos are very old. There are info that he had very close relationship and TEAM with Jorge Chuta(Still Alive OG Z) before the Laredo war and Z40 fcking the sht up he would personally Interrogate CDS members ROB them from any DRUGS and clothes and than secretly driving them back to their plaza as sign of disrespect, HELL he was the first one that introduce the PRISON BREAK system to OG Zetas when the Zs would disguise themselves like AFI or PGR Camouflage uniforms with all those pechera balaclava ballistic helmets armed till teeth and cloned police cars, driving to the prisons claiming for doing some COMISSION operation job and than liberating people which they would need, HE did impressed OSIEL with his SKILLS at Santa adelaia prison in 2002DEC, OSIEL was happy for having proffesional like Oscar working for him privately, and he did that second time for La Familia drug boss in apatzingan 2004, most people say that it was EROTICO and Z14 that did that sht, but in reality it was Winnie Pooh that discussed with LFM boss for carrying out such operation in his plaza, he had good relationship with michoacans. The wikipedia says that he was drug lord but thats too BS, he was just professional hitman that was capable of doing his TASK without any problem. I BET if he didn't comitt suicide and lived atleast 6 years more longer the Miguel Trevino wouldn't be anyone today. After OSIEL got arrested osiel gave rights to the Zs to hold any plazas they would like without ruining any drug operations for CDG and he always asked Zs to owe him loalty OSIEL was LIKE for Original Zs just like Lenin was for Stalin before they split
      After the Osiels order, the Original Zeta Viejos became Plaza Bosses and they've began recruiting second generation Zetas (Los Zetas Nuevos)Oscar was placed as boss for Reynosa plaza(his native home) but he would constantly visit monterrey with his load of gunmen(BLO territory) even the Beltrans wouldn't touch him with fear thats where he would meet his girlfriend and meet his death, after he died Hummer would take his place in reynosa.


      Rolando salinas "el rolis" is BS ERROR, Rolando salinas never existed, it was Dinosio el Chacho Garcia which the Zetas killed, El Chacho was the owner of Nuevo laredo plaza and leader of Los Chachos gang that was rival for Los tejas(where L40 worked formerly) they both operated in laredo, Los Chachos had like 90 percent of Nuevo laredo, when El Chacho disobeyed osiel and tired to steal drug shipment and killed it security he ran to Nuevo Leon monterrey to the Arturo beltran Leyva as refugee, he knew that Osiel had squadron of professional assassins working for him. In the end Original Zetas stormed his palace and managed to kidnapp him in 2002MAY the Los Zetas did lost one of their founder Zeta viejo Raul alberto el Alvin he was seriously injured at that gunbattle and they left his corpse in matamoros downtown hotel, as of el chacho they left him at rio bravo with his red underwear. After that osiel meet Zs in reynosa safe house and ordered the Zetas to advance to nuevo laredo plaza, First Nuevo Laredo battle started in the summer of 2002 where Los Zetas under CDG would kill the remaining members of Los Chachos and Los Tejas gang and other drug traffickers that was when La Barbie ran away from Nuevo Laredo and that the Miguel trevino would left Los Tejas and join to CDG and than rose to Z the first battle would end pretty soon

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  33. He killed zetas and tried not to kill innocent people , why is everyone hating on him ? He sold drugs to people that would just buy it somewhere else anyways .

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  34. He is not a bad person, but what about all those people he had murdered, dismemberment and yet the family, says he is a good person.

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  35. Sounds like a nice family. Sorry THEY have a bad son. Has parent i know

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  36. A few years ago i was at a chilis in mexico with my american teacher friend... i looked at the bar area and was shocked to see " la barbie" no body guards with him... i told my friend to hurry up with lunch and lets get the hell out of here.
    I was familiar with him from the internet and simply saw him as a very dangerous man

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    1. That didn’t happen a few years ago. Dude has been locked up 2010

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  37. As a border boy from Calexico this is a way too common story along the frontera. I left the Imperial Valley long ago, I chose to leave and the military offered me structure and adventure. I hate to say this but most of my friends didnt. We came from good families established along the Mexicali/Calexico border. I grew up upper middle class my parents where Law Enforcement but i was a mini dirt bag. I left and now i live a great life. My friends are now locked up or worse some are dead. Some chose CDS some went to CAF few became LEOs others are stuck.This story is extremely COMMON and its sad.

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    1. EXCELLENT! and thank you for your service sir

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  38. Is la Barbie son involved in the drug trade?

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  39. La Barbie traiciono a Arturo beltran the last order from el barbas to hector was to take barbies head to Arturo's tombstone they were only 5 minutes away to achieve elbotas blancas orders pero la rata se escapo and left his cousins to die they got hanged in ixtapalucan by the beltran's and then he surrender to the mexican government

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    1. 1:08 "golly, I hope there are recordings" but El papaya popeye also left his boss to his own luck, but he says they kiss and made out crying when they said goodbye to each other.
      I think El Barbas died hoping with all his heart La Barbie would arrive to save his ass as usual, but this time there were too many marinas y andaban enyerbados.

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    2. Barbas last order was to go get the beast. A fully armored car in the high rise garage. Don’t forget coke and whores was his entire diet. The guy became a dedicated drug addict at this point of his life. Barbie said it was basically him or me as barbas was paranoid from the drugs, yet still having all night parties with whores, drugs and bands.

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  40. I heard he got el "Cancion" of the zetas poisioned in prison with him, cuz sigifredo le dio una buena chinga mano a mano.
    Guess he embarassed the hell out of him haha

    Can't say el cancion was a better person, probably even worser than barbie.

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  41. Is the plug ever on here.

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  42. @DD you’re a former lawyer? Makes since as your profile is that of an old person, most lawyers a liberals and you enjoy deleting post (statements) that differ from yours.

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    1. @3:17 Yes I am a former attorney. I have been around BB almost since it began and i have never seen a profile on any of our reporters administrators (security reasons) so that portion of you comment is a lie. But I am an "older person". I don't know where you got the impression that most lawyers are liberals. In the approx. 50 years since I got my law license I have known as many conservative lawyers as I have liberal lawyers. I don't ever delete statements because they differ from mine views. Contrary to what you may think, I don't enjoy deleting any comments. In fact I don't enjoy moderating comments but because it is valuable popular feature of BB someone has to do it. Over the last couple of years many websites have closed their comments section because of all the rude, crude, stupid comments etc. Those websites didn't feel like it was worth the effort to moderate the comments so they just did away with that feature. The fact that we do value the comments section and devote considerable time to moderating it is a testament to how much we value our readers.

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    2. I tell my lawyer, like real surprised: YOU WENT TO COLLEGE?
      He said: "No, I found my degree in a cracker jack box".
      --Lawyers will argue ANY CASE ON ANY SIDE OF THE LAW, FOR THE RIGHT PAY, and will defend their and their opponents lack of ethics with equal fervor.

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    3. My first rebuttal was never approved.
      See what I mean :-)

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  43. My Senior year at Seguin High School 1990 I played Football against Laredo United, but I think La Barbie was a sophomore/Junior. I'm assuming he was on the Varsity team that night, I would have to get a hold of the Roster. It was the playoffs and darn it they beat us that night. Anyway, I think if Hollywood makes a movie about La Barbie it will do extremely well..fascinating person this guy..

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  44. Who was a bigger drug pusher? Barbie or Gringo? Not who was more known but who actually noved more weight?

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  45. The good person narrative is something that he was serious about. He took out ads for op-eds in local papers on how he was for the people after the war started. Sr. Havelka initiated the broker with Barbie on behalf of Cardenas before his downfall.

    nunca confíes en un gringo

    I never met him, but crews joked that he would have been a school shooter if he was back in Texas.

    Cholo7

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  46. The U.S. will never let him escape.

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