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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Extradition Update and Letter from La Barbie

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Extradition Imminent

Edgar Valdez Villarreal was accused in U.S. – his native country- of drug trafficking since he was 20 years of age. Today, at his 39 years old, he has become in a sad drugwar legend.
After the Federal Police arrested him on August 30, 2010 in an operation troubled with irregularities and whose versions are contradictory and implausible, the government of Mexico expressed their intentions that Barbie would not remain long in the country. Within months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted his extradition.

Barbie’s attorneys defended him by declaring that he was not the person that the U.S. government was seeking. In early 2012, the Second District Judge of Protections in Criminal Matters of Federal District (DF) resolved that the decision of the chancery met the requirements of law.
Sources that have access to the criminal file of the drug trafficker affirm that his extradition is imminent and it may be settled before the administration of Felipe Calderon ends. But it is said that extradition does not  concern La Barbie, even though to the majority of  drug traffickers, extradition is their worst night mare.

Proceso had access to the first criminal record filed against him in 1998 in the Federal Court of East Texas District, in the city of Laredo, where La Barbie is native. He was named Mike at the time, and his criminal potential was promising.
In that record, Valdez is accused of criminal involvement  since 1993, at the age of 20, when he worked for Adelmiro Ramirez, who controlled a transportation network and the distribution and selling of marijuana from Laredo to San Antonio, Texas, and from San Antonio, a  major US drug hub, on to Indiana, Missouri and Massachusetts.
That network had trafficked  between 1993 and 1998 at least one ton of marijuana until things began to get complicated. In 1996 his accomplices discover that “Miro” cooperated with the U.S. government in a federal investigation, so they orchestrated a plan to kidnap him.
The file makes it clear that the organization had informers in the service of the U.S. Government.
Because of those charges, Valdez Villarreal could have been sentenced to five years to life. But an arrest warrant against him was never issued. The criminal record remained sealed for over 10 years and in August 31, 2010, a day after the arrest of La Barbie, the prosecutor asked they be released because the suspect had just been arrested in Mexico.

 No Rush to Claim Valdez

A glaring fact is  that the Texas Court has not initiated a claim in Mexico for his extradition, instead the District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana  requested it, where Valdez Villarreal has an open criminal file for minor charges, minor compared to what the Attorney General of the Republic in Mexico is charging him of.
In the case of Louisiana, Valdez is accused as well as Cesar Antonio Peña Giron and Gabriel Benavides, of distribution,  in that state, since 2001 of  more than five kilos of cocaine and has only two minor charges against him.
In 2003 his co-accused Peña Giron was sentenced by Judge Ivan Lemelle to 10 years in prison and five years on parole. However, since 2010 he enjoys complete freedom. In August of that year he was valet parking at a hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and thanks to a request from the prosecution of West Texas, where the case was transferred to fulfill his sentence; he is not on parole anymore because of good behavior.
The other co-accused, Benavides, ran with even better luck. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison and now enjoys total freedom. Since they are the same charges for La Barbie, it is predictable that he will have the same outcome.

Genaro Garcia Luna
Edgar Sends Letter
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie”  claims that top level officials of the Federal SSP, have been paid and included as part of the criminal organizational structure. 
In a letter delivered to Reforma, Valdez Villarreal,  who is accused of working for the Beltran Leyva cartel aka "BLO",  said that besides the Federal SSP receiving drug money, officials take confiscated goods from seizures.

The letter delivered by his attorney  accuses Genaro Garcia Luna, head of the SSP, of receiving  drug money since 2002, as well as  his top aides, and the Witness Protection Program.

-Spanish Text Translated to English*
 "First I would like to express that I was not eligible for the witness protection program. Likewise, I categorically deny the accusations and declarations that are related by the apprehending elements regarding my detention, and the the truth of the matter is as follows:

My detention was the result of a political persecution on the part of C. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, who set up a harassment against my person for the reason that the undersigned [La Barbie] refused to be a part of the agreement that Mr. Calderon Hinojosa desired to have with all the organized crime groups for which he personally held numerous meetings in order to have talks with organized crime.

Subsequently, different meetings were carried out through General Mario Arturo Chaparro who met under the orders of the President and Juan Camilo Mouriño, with two of the bosses from La Familia Michoacana. Subsequently, the general had an interview in Matamoros with Heriberto Lazcano and Arturo Beltran Leyva, "El Barbas", and also with "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

-Continues on page two-

Calderon wanted the meeting with all the cartels: The Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, with me, the Juarez Cartel, with Vicente, Mayo and Chapo. A situation for which there was no answer on my part and I did not want to have connections with anyone form the criminal organizations [and] a quick persecution began against my person, to the degree of having my various homes searched without a legal warrant for it and during which they stole money, jewelry, cars and other belongings from me.

Genero Garcia Luna, head of the federal SSP, who from at least 2002, first in the AFI and then in the PFP, it was evident that he had received money from me, from drug trafficking and organized crime, the same that a select group made up of Armando Espinosa de Benito who was working with the DEA and passing me information, Luis Cardenas Palomino, Edgar Eusebio Millan Gomez, Fransisco Javier Garza Palacios (Colombian Federal Police), Igor Labastida Calderon, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia, and Gerado Garay Cadena who also formed a group that took money from organized crime and from me.

Among others, they were charged with "stopping me in some operation" when in reality they had orders to kill me, so much so that at the moment of my arrest, which came out in the mass media, when they found me alone at home. They said that on that day there were no gunshots reported but the truth is that there was.
A federal cop who was the same that brought me to this place and who actually found me, urged me to run so that he could shoot me and that he could say that he repelled an attack an had killed me as they did with ARON ARTURO GINES BECERRIL who they killed in the vicinity of the Perisur Mall, and who had most of his bullet wounds in the back on the same day of my arrest. Everything was covered up by the Federal Police.

It is worth making mention that despite the background of Genero Garcia Luna, which are found in many criminal proceedings of which the American government already has knowledge, that even formed part of the themes touched upon in the Merida Initiative, and to which I already had access in the most recent testimony of the collaborating witness, "Mateo" (Sergio Villarreal); the President Felipe Calderon argues against the charges against [Genero Garcia Luna].

It is worth noting that the Federal Police, no matter how many detentions they conduct, they never seize anything, everything gets lost -e.g. money, jewelry, vehicles, drugs.- yet it should also be mentioned that the Mexican military and the Navy Secretariat are the most  honest, because when they detain someone, they turn them over to the corresponding authorities with whatever evidence they had at the time of their detention."

I might have done that which has been done, but they, the public servants that I have mentioned are also a part of the criminal structure of this country."


When Valdez' lawyer, Erandira Jocelyn Guerra,  was questioned of  reason for the delivery of the letter, she explained: "Simply complying with an instruction my client gave me,  he is  entitled to justice and clarifying  the facts.."


Mexican Federal Police released a statement after Reforma newspaper published the letter from Valdez.

"Organized crime and its allies historically have tried to maintain themselves in impunity and avoid at all costs that the Mexican government pursues and captures them, "Spokesman Jose Ramon Salinas read from the federal police statement Wednesday. 

Federal police said Wednesday that Valdez is connected with many violent homicides and implied that he could be trying to avoid justice with his letter. "Organized crime and its allies historically have tried to maintain themselves in impunity and avoid at all costs that the Mexican government pursues and captures them,".

Mexico's Public Safety Secretariat also spoke out via the presidency email system to news agencies, “This drug trafficker  on multiple occasions has has sought to blackmail authorities to obtain privileges," he said. "Held in a federal maximum security prison, he has tried to get benefits during his stay, including threatening hunger strikes to pressure them."
"The objective of the story that the alleged drug-trafficker Valdez distributed through a newspaper is to inhibit the authorities from acting against criminal organizations, by publicly discrediting those who battle against them," the statement said.

The statement, which does not address the specific allegations in Valdez's letter, also said that the Federal Police has detained all of the leaders of Valdez's criminal organization, in addition to two Colombians who provided the group the alleged liaison with the Norte del Valle cartel in Colombia.
In a Wednesday broadcast speech, Calderon did not respond to Valdez’ claim, but the outgoing president has repeatedly and resolutely spoken out  against organized crime and corruption, in addition to any notion of cartel favoritism.  Notable, is the fact that cartels have not offered the same accusations against Calderon.

Charges against the Generals
After being detained in May, 2012, charges were brought in August of this year in a formal indictment against  Brig. Gen. Roberto Dawe Gonzalez, retired Lt. Col. Silvio Isidro de Jesus Hernandez Soto and retired Gen. Ricardo Escorcia Vargas and Tomas Angeles Dauahare (at left) -- a retired general and former deputy defense secretary

After the officials were detained, all three major political parties in Mexico called for a full investigation into reports that he and other officers paid to protect and provide information to BLO.

"If proven, the full weight of the law must be applied because they have been federal government officials and are responsible for combating organized crime, and if they are colluding with them the punishment should set an example," legislator Arturo Santana told state-run media.
One has to be mindful of the fact the letter of accusation was written by a criminal with a long history of crimes such murder, in addition to drug trafficking in both Mexico and the United States, his credibility is gutter low.  However, there is no doubt some truth in what he writes with respect to the Generals involved and others, enough so that formal charges were brought against them in a nation with a dismal judicial history. 
We now know some of the reasons behind the  bizarre Mona Lisa smile he could not get enough of when he was apprehended.
Extradiction article:Proceso-Translated by Chivis-
Letter from Reforma- * English Translation by Jthmover of BB Forum


  1. Looks like Barbie will be back in business 70 months after his extradition.

  2. Bol!! Alrato va andar la Barbie dando la vuelta en Laredo como Si nada.

  3. The biggest news to hit

  4. No pos WoW....this is how corupted this world is.

  5. So Is this letter implying that Calderron is also corrupted?

  6. Nothing new . We all know how corrupt the officials are in Mexico . The truth is he chose to play in the game. There can be downfalls in the game. He fell and now he points fingers. If I were him in their custody , I would not be the squeaky wheel.
    Shut up and take you medicine !

  7. See!! All these lives lost because of CALDERONES EGO!!! To get Mexico on the list of developed nations! He should be hung he's created sicarios wars ghost towns killed tourism all so he could say he took out the capos and developed his country all while secretly making deals with them! Truth Is most of Mexican infrastructure and business is due to drug funds and also a lot in the US look at New York and Vegas all drugs and organized crime all very prosperous places. The government isn't looking for anyone the Mexican government is not broke they have vast recourses not as US but far more than we think. I hope Peña makes a deal with the bosses why should innocents die just because something with such a huge demand is "illegal" there are ways to function in society with legal drugs which is the only way this shit will stop because the money is TOO DAMN GOOD

    1. If the zetas had killed four members of your family just for the fun of it you wouldn't be writing sbit like this.

  8. Sounds about right. Look back at operation fast and furious and the cover ups and lies there. Sad to say this is how corrupted the world is.

  9. thats why la barbie was laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Even if Barbie gets out early, how can that be a good thing for him if he points the finger at so many people?

  11. How many people did he kill and nobody want to convict for murder?
    He is set up for life in Laredo. His club is one of the best in town.

    1. Tell you what! His punk ass won't be allowed to roam free in the streets of Laredo.

  12. You have to remember this is a "Con Man Extroidinare" (Barbie)that sanctioned murders as well as carried them out himself. I do believe him as far as the Govt. corruption and who he and the BLO had on their pay rolls since it's a fact that they (BLO) had one of the best govt. insulation factors of all the cartels to the point that they were the "Go Too" group for getting all the cops paid off. In other words;
    they were the "Tammany Hall" guys for the Mexican Cartels.

  13. This concerns me on so many levels. First, living in Texas why are they not pursuing "The bigger charges"??? Secondly, I hate drug traffickers but there seems to be a recurring theme here, re: making shady deals with the U.S.(THE TWINS). Lastly,it does sound like yet another killer, will walk after 70 months. WTF??? People get more time for hot checks. Once again, excellent article. Thank you, even though this corruption except possibly the Federal Military and Navy, on both sides of the border really angers me!

  14. Won't be surprise if he is killed in prison. Time will tell.

  15. What he's cryin that the police stole his stuff without a warrant? It's all stolen shit anyhow, just like all those lives you took moron. Believe since the US now deems cartels trans-national terrorist groups he should be tried as a terrorist here and thrown in a hole for a massive weight-loss program...

  16. La Barbie AKA The new Henry Hill.. Sir you are a RAT.. Your snitching left and right to save you're skin.. The goverment should get all the info they can from you, then put a bullet in your head..

    1. Do true pinche barbie muy verga y now anda de relaje he even snitched on his suegro they caught him not even a week after barbie I guess thats why they call him barbie good fit he snitches like girls ke se lo lleve a la verga

  17. read "Drug Lord" by Terrance Poppa. It lays out the organized crime structure of Mexico of which, sadly, the Mexican Government is the head of. La Barbie is telling the truth of how Mexican Organized Crime is structured. it starts at the head.

  18. He should come out and write a book, relocate himself and expose all of the true " narcos "


    Billion dollar industry with " pinche mordidas everywhere "

  19. why is extradition the worst nightmare, i thought that a us prison would be better than a mexican prison for sure, since they are usually privately owned these days

  20. I Knew it All DrugCartels have hidden Alliances
    When he said in his letter that they had a meeting
    In matamoros. That just chilled my spine
    Who knows how many meetings these jefe de jefes
    Lazcano, El chapo, 40, The Beltrans,C.d.G ,C.T,maybe El chayo to?
    all in the same room making deals
    not to mention dirty cops

    AL QUDS- GODbless the good God punish thy

  21. Awesome article Thanks BB.

    If my memory serves me right, isn't there an article here on BB were another captured Cartel member claims something similar but leaves the presidents name out? It's seems like it was a known fact or story that all major cartels had met and Barbie throws the president in the mix. Well who knows, but this will be an interesting case moving forward. If true as article states he wil probably do time and be out like nothing.

    I wonder if he would hide and reform or get back in the organized crime world.

  22. FORTY TWO [42] Years of USA Drug War = EPIC FAIL

    INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    -Albert Einstein

  23. Arriva la barbie putos

    1. Arriva tu Madre!!

    2. Que venga La Barbie a Laredo para echarle un palo y luego que se vaya a jotear a Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon de donde es su jefa.

  24. Edgar is one of the bigger morons of the underworld. His break away from Chapo was already a death sentence, then his war with Zetas now he is publically calling out Calderon and Luna..keep it up Edgar you dumb idiot. Who wants to bet he randomly dies in prison soon?

  25. Interesting read! Looks like mexico has its issues.

  26. just read ms.longmire website that el pan and dea and ice were helping cds los templarios and cdg los zetas didnt come to anagreement cause they werent about to be cool with chapo but el senor barbas was willing to be cool with lazcano some guy el tb had already talked about this 1 year before and know its barely coming out so i guess el caf is more powerful know than before just look at cds there paying a fee cds couldnt control tijuana baja cali

  27. Excellent translation. I am now a textual translator and previously a simultaneous translator. So I appreciate the the work you two did on this post.

  28. @11:13AM

    Are you thinking of El Mayo's son Vincentillo Zambada? he is in US prison awaiting trial and swears the US was supposed to give him a pass.

    and as far as Mexico, what is so odd is how Mexico's captured leaders always "sing" and often that includes naming names. I say if they have proof in way of video, audio recording or money exchanging hands then I am not going for it. and really to have high status culpability and not keep evidence illustrates stupidity.

    In this case Valdez and his cronies did have evidence against the generals, but none against Calderon, so Mex formally charged the generals based on the evidence.

  29. @3:58..

    Hey thanks and that is an awesome compliment. I will share that with Jthmover who translated the letter. It is funny because I see we had one that commanded we stop using google because they could not read the article as we translated.

    I do not use google or any computer translators and have rejected work from people trying to help me that smacks of google.

    I was going to post the complaint but some people get on us when we do, complaints about complaints. there is no pleasing everyone.

    Guess the complainer must be dyslexic...obviously so...Paz, Chivis

  30. Free or incarcerated, he's dead meat.

  31. "In this case Valdez and his cronies did have evidence against the generals, but none against Calderon,...."

    Hola Chivis,
    No fue estupidez por parte de La Barbie, sino, que Calderón era más cabrón. Si se juntaron como dice la carta, claro que el Señor Presidente no dejaria que saliera ningun recuerdo de la junta. Nada. Cero. Obvio, ¿No?
    Atentamente, AmigoAnónimo


  33. @10:43

    for the common citizen, but in Mexico money buys nice accommodations. private "cells" with kitchen, LR, patio and anything for a price.

  34. Everyone who has done some reading about the mafias going back to the 80's know that the very top of the mexican intelligence/security apparatus is corrupt. Beginning with that crook Genarco garcia luna,and Tello peon who preceeded him, Anabel hernandez has been writing and exposing these criminals for years, her book "los senores del narco" uncovers the truth with plenty of facts. la barbie feels like he ain't got nothing to lose anymore that's why he is speakin out. otherwise he wouldn't do it, it is a shame that mexicans are at the mercy of these mafiosos.

  35. Chivis, yes that's it, it's Vicentillo's case. I had a mental block for some reason. Thanks!! Keep up the good work.

  36. I highly doubt the President would meet with cartel leaders...A. how would it look if a foto got released or a recording B., why bother..he has so many people under him who can do that dirty work

  37. He can sue the Mattel company for his rightful monies when he gets out.

  38. @Chivis.. La Barbie has always denied having made deals with those generals that got arrested, there's an article were he claims that the prosecutors were trying to make a deal with him if he would testify against those generals but he said he didn't do deals with them, even on this letter he doesn't mention the generals, he has always denied working with them so idk where you got that from, there are articles in which the government implies of La Barbie making deals with those generals on behalf of BLO but la barbie has never admitted which is weird since he is throwing a lot of powerful government people's name out there saying they recieved corruption money but not the generals, other than that, great article.

    -El Russo

  39. Is it nice ordinary citizens get charge all the time because a low level snitch says this guy and that guy were involved, they call it "conspiracy" and very little evidence is require, just the snitch word that places you in the action, but on the other hand private corporations and political structures get away with murder and corruption and the standars for them to be charge are beyond outright guilt for any reaction to be attain and when they do they usually get away with it on any technicality.

    So who are the criminals?

  40. Mexican cops and all the politics are corrupt. Starting with cabo San lucas

  41. Has anybody notice the picture on top I thought. He was wearing a green Polo shirt went he was arrested ...the one on the pic looks blue or black...that's why he not worry about getting Exdertited he get to wear his Pollock shirts in Mexico prisons..not a orange jump suit ..

  42. La barbie fucked up when he began isolating himself from Arturo.ABL was the one that tutored him got him under his wing n saved his pellejo a few times.

    1. La Barbie and Arturo fucked up isolating themselves from Chapo. Now Arturo is dead and La Barbie in prison while Chapo eats shrimp and steak in baja..

  43. @739
    A.learn how to read it again before making incorrect statements

  44. November 29, 2012 8:47 PM
    "So who are the criminals"?
    They have no morality,they are amoral.They sell it to the highest bidder.The majority of us go about our lives doing the right thing,working,abiding by the laws set down.
    And then we get to see examples like this?No matter what country we are talking about,transparency does not exist in government circles,it is always shady.Who is there to censure these people?These are our elected representatives for us the people,and they always abuse it for a better house,car,holidays,cash,these are our so-called leaders who are supposed to set an example,but never fail to amaze us with their bullshit?

  45. "@739
    A.learn how to read it again before making incorrect statements"
    Shut up you plank.I understood it?If he wants to write that way its up to him.Grammar police out.


  47. Agave Azul lol......... its closed already

  48. Let him rot in Mexico!

  49. Arturo isolated himself Frim chaputo cuz he was a man's man's n couldn't take chaputos snitching anymore. The last straw was when he snitched on ABL's brother MOCHOMO.u wouldn't have broken apart from CDs after that?

  50. List pa,jalar Edgar cuando digas

  51. Chapo is putrid and greedy he wants mexico and the US for himself too pollute with his drugs and his snitching....plain and simple.

  52. @5:38am If your referring to Bitch diablo's family then he had it coming...running around the country side killing Zetas and forgot bout his family back at home,funny how he disapeared shortly after that.

  53. Very energetic post, I liked that bit. Will there be a part


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