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Thursday, January 28, 2021

La Barbie's Father-in-Law Claims Not to Be Rich and Gets a Sentence Review in the US

 "MX" for Borderland Beat

Édgar Valdez Villarreal, 'La Barbie' (left); Carlos Montemayor González (right)

After being sentenced in 2019, Carlos Montemayor Gonzalez, a senior member of the Beltran Leyva Cartel and father-in-law of Edgar Valdez Villarreal (La Barbie), managed to appeal his sentence after he assured that he is not as rich as his son-in-law. He said he does not have the money the U.S. government intends to seize from him.

Montemayor, also called El Licenciado or El Narcocharro, was a key cartel player when he started a criminal enterprise with his son-in-law La Barbie. Montemayor was also linked to the disappearance of 20 tourists in southern Mexico in September 2010.

In February 2011, he was extradited to the United States to face trial at the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Montemayor built a trucking company that he used to smuggle cocaine for the cartel.

In 2019, he was sentenced to 34 years in prison in Atlanta and was ordered to forfeiture US$192 million dollars, the same amount as La Barbie.


“Montemayor came to the United States from Mexico and used his skills, hard work, and the opportunities afforded in this country to build a successful trucking company from the ground up,” said U.S. attorney Byung Pak.

“However, he was ultimately driven by greed and partnered with Edgar Valdez-Villareal to convert his trucking company into a transportation arm for the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva cartels, shipping tons of cocaine and drug money across the United States.”

Starting in 1992, Montemayor smuggled cocaine through Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, using his trucking company. In 2002, he partnered with La Barbie and began moving up to 300 kg of cocaine a week to stash houses in Atlanta, Memphis and other U.S. cities. 

Sources: Milenio, DOJ


  1. That’s what I’m talking about! Real Cartel news here, no BS or garbage. Congrats BB!

  2. Glad to be back and reading your articles MX!

    1. Thanks for reading! Hope to see you around in the forum.

  3. It feels so good seeing new Borderland Beat posts.

  4. So much has taken place in Michocan it isn't funny you all missed out on some good stuff. BB should do an article on Guillermo Valencia from Revolution Social who claims to be a good person.

    La Cholita had her cheeks, pan and face clapped by el m2s boys.

    El Boto, Wicho el de los Reyes and all of Carteles Unidos crying to the GN, Sedena, Semar on audio. El M2 and the fellas taking back el aguaje and Carteles Unidos claiming to be Autodefensas again. El Abuelo and his brother in veracruz also claiming to be autodefensas. The GN, Sedena, Semar defening Carteles Unidos and doing the fighting for Carteles Unidos.

    The Media selling out and going along with the Carteles Unidos about being autodefensas.

    1. What are you saying about Cholita? Did they ever find out what happened to her?

    2. @2:00 yup those crybaby worthless pieces of dogshit got smashed on

    3. agree. 2:00 speaking nothing but facts.

    4. Here we go with the fan wagon cheer leaders

  5. Montemayor was also known as "El Compadre". When "La Barbie" was arrested he controlled a relatively large and powerful cartel stretching from Guerrero, Morelos, and the state of Mexico.

    From the start Montemayor was a contentious leader. Many members of the cartel thought he didn't deserve to take over and merely assumed power due to his relationship with "La Barbie".

    Furthermore, it was alleged that he demanded a set amount of money be paid to him from Acapulco, which upset the cartel members operating there. Tensions reached a breaking point when a group of tourists from Michoacán were kidnapped and executed in Acapulco on September 30, 2010. Fingers were pointed in different directions as to who ordered it and who actually carried it out and, in the wake, CIDA was born as cartel members in Acapulco separated from the rest of La Barbie's cartel.

  6. BB - Back with a bang!

  7. stay safe guys, Narcos don't like u


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