Valdez Villarreal: the drug lord witness to the corruption of García Luna was an informant for the DEA and the FBI
In a judicial document from a US federal court, which was accessed, it is revealed that Valdez Villarreal, better known in the criminal world as "La Barbie", from 2008 to 2010 was an informant for the DEA and the FBI. During that time he witnessed the corruption of Calderón government officials
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, nicknamed La Barbie, originally from Laredo, Texas, is known in Mexico for being a bloodthirsty, cruel, and reckless drug trafficker. Born in 1976, he was just 18 years old when he was charged with his first crime in the United States. Before he was 30, he was already enrolled in large-scale drug trafficking in Mexico and was part of the ranks of the cartel conglomerate called La Federación, in particular he belonged to the clan of the Beltrán Leyva brothers, commanded by Arturo.
He had a meteoric career in the crime world. He was the protagonist of massacres in Mexico. Not only did it carry out drug transfer operations, but it organized armies of hitmen to fight against the enemy cartels of the Federation, where the Sinaloa Cartel, the Juárez Cartel, the Beltrán Leyva and others were associated.
Now, for the first time, it is officially known through court documents that La Barbie was like a two-sided coin. He worked as an informant for the DEA and the FBI at the same time as for drug trafficking, without his bosses and partners in drug trafficking or the corrupt officials he paid bribes, including former Federal Public Security Secretary Genaro. García Luna. In a court document in the Northern District Court in Atlanta, Georgia, it is revealed that from 2008 to 2010, the drug trafficker gave sensitive information to the FBI, DEA, San Antonio, Texas, McAllen, and FBI offices located at the United States Embassy in Mexico through a third person.
The document dates from 2018, when it was the hearing in which the arguments of the Prosecutor's Office and the defense were exposed to determine the number of years of sentence to which Valdez Villarreal could be sentenced. The most substantial and sensitive part of the document was classified for two years, keeping it in reserve, until the first months of 2020.
In La Barbie's cooperation with the American government, it revealed the corruption of high-ranking officials of the Mexican government and how they shared sensitive information with the Sinaloa Cartel and the Los Beltrán Leyva Cartel, among others.
He witnessed that corrupt officials from the Felipe Calderón government gave the Sinaloa and Los Beltrán Leyva Cartel the identity, photograph and location of DEA agents who were working undercover in various parts of Mexico, putting their lives at risk. In the document, the American government recognizes that this information helped protect the lives of its agents.
In the court document, the third person through whom La Barbie communicated with the US government was kept classified to protect that person's life. And the information on the public officials involved is also classified.
However, in November 2012, La Barbie gave the author of this report a letter, signed by him, in which he claims to have delivered millionaire bribes to Genaro García Luna, and his large group of corrupt policemen led by Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Armando Espinosa de Benito, Eduardo Ramón Pequeño, Edgar Eusebio Millán, Francisco Javier Garza Palacios and Gerardo Garay Cadena. And have witnessed the payments they received from other bosses.
In the letter published on November 28, 2012 in the Reforma newspaper, Valdez Villarreal affirms that President Felipe Calderón himself was leading meetings with drug traffickers. Information that he surely shared with the DEA and the FBI at the time.
In the judicial document that was accessed, it is stated verbatim by the Department of Justice that the information given by La Barbie was “truthful”.
The Justice Department asked Valdez Villarreal to testify in the judicial process that took place in the District of Columbia against drug trafficker Alfredo Beltrán Leyva and in various cases whose investigations were still in progress.
The Story of La Muñeca
Valdez Villarreal earned the nickname of La Barbie and La Muñeca for their white complexion and appearance, according to another document obtained from the Department of Justice that is in the same jurisdiction, which reports on their criminal career.
Edgar Valdez Villareal came into the world on August 11, 1973 in Nuevo Laredo, Texas. He was born into a poor and numerous family made up of his parents and eight brothers. From a young age he stood out for two things: being a star football player and a problem boy. His father was a simple, hard-working, conservative, rigid, strict and devout believer, but Edgar soon became the opposite. Its opposite.
At age 18, he was charged in the United States with unintentional homicide after being involved in a car accident, but he did not even step in jail. At age 20, he was arrested in his country for marijuana possession and sentenced to seven years in prison, but again fortune was on his side and he was released on trial. At age 22, he was again arrested for speeding and under the influence of drugs. He was also not sanctioned. At age 24, he was again charged with marijuana possession and issued an arrest warrant, but was never arrested.
The Barbie escaped and went to live a few kilometers from her house, but on the other side of the border. To Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. There he found suitable land to develop his criminal career and in a short time he became a prolific cocaine trafficker. Soon he began to have conflicts with the group that controlled the plaza, the Gulf Cartel and his armed group Los Zetas. He was expelled from the "promised land," which would eventually cost the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas a bloodbath.
Valdez Villareal went to live in Monterrey, Nuevo León, but the business was not as prosperous. It was thanks to a corrupt police chief that he met Arturo Beltrán Leyva, the cousin of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a member of the powerful “Federación”, where the Sinaloa Cartel, the Juárez Cartel, the Beltrán Leyva and others were associated.
He gained the confidence of Arturo thanks to knowing his weakness and gifting him two magnificent specimens. So Arturo invited him to work with him and La Barbie moved to Mexico City. From there he helped La Federación in the drug business. His successful management earned him a shipment to the once paradisiacal port of Acapulco. There Valdez Villarreal began to sculpt his black legend. He was just as exhibitionist and wasteful as an effective trafficker and orchestrator of massacres.
Particularly between the years 2003 to 2008, Valdez Villarreal was the armed arm of the war against Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. The Barbie convinced Arturo Beltrán Leyva to wage war against them, and Arturo in turn convinced Ismael El Mayo Zambada, head of the Sinaloa Cartel and his cousin El Chapo. Thus began the most violent time in the history of Mexico and since 2003, ghastly horror scenes began to be seen with decapitated and dismembered bodies hanging from public squares.
While Valdez Villarreal was breaking the law, two of his brothers finished their higher education and started working for the American government. A sister as an assistant to a prosecutor in Texas, and one of her brothers as a deputy sheriff.
The first contacts with the American government
Always according to the declassified cited court document, in 2004 La Barbie contacted the Texas Department of Justice to dismiss the charges against her. In exchange for being able to consider that, the American government asked him to help capture Joaquín Guzmán Loera and Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Barbie did not.
But in 2008 he changed his mind. In that year, the rupture of the Federation occurred and the war began. The Sinaloa and Beltrán Leyva Cartel, La Barbie, who probably calculated that everyone would lose in that war, made contact with the American government through a third person whose identity the Justice Department keeps under reserve. During 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was a DEA informant.
Thus he began working for the DEA in San Antonio, Texas. For the DEA in Mexico. For the FBI in McAllen, Texas, and for the FBI offices at the United States Embassy in Mexico. In the document, the legal representatives of Valdez Villarreal and the Department of Justice admit that thanks to this interrelation, the American government was able to carry out "various activities."
At the same time that La Barbie was the most trusted man of Arturo Beltrán Leyva and his brothers, and he trafficked and distributed drugs on a large scale in Atlanta, Memphis and Mississippi, he was providing useful information to the American government.
American agencies were giving information to corrupt Mexican officials
Although Valdez Villarreal gave the Americans information that could lead to the capture of various drug traffickers, this did not translate into captures because the American agencies shared it with corrupt Mexican officials, who in turn gave it to the cartels.
"The fact is that he (Valdez Villarreal) was upright in helping the United States law enforcement, who then contacted the Mexican authorities taking into account the massive amount of corruption in Mexico," defense attorneys argued. of the capo, as reflected in the document. Claim that was not contested by the Department of Justice.
“The problem is that the effort of this man (Valdez Villarreal) to help the United States, information that they revealed to the corrupt Mexican agents, at the same time meant signing his death sentence.
"There could be no effort to keep that information safe from the Beltrán Leyva or Guzmán (El Chapo) or any other cartel, be it Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, whatever, because the biggest problem in Mexico is the lack of integrity in any of its government functions, ”argued the defense of Valdez Villarreal, which was reflected in the multi-cited document, referring to those years of Felipe Calderón's term in office.
La Barbie's defense attorney assured the Court that in those years there was a war in Mexico.
"It was not a war, as President Nixon coined against drugs. It was a drug war and that is why it represented a danger to the national security of this country. ”
Calderón government officials revealed sensitive information from the American government to drug traffickers
One of La Barbie's most valuable collaborations with the United States was to let them know that the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán Leyva had discovered "undercover DEA agents in various locations in Mexico: photos, names, identifications."
The information had been given to them by corrupt Mexican officials, who obtained said data thanks to the information that the DEA itself shared with them. Obviously, the corruption of Mexican officials in the Felipe Calderón government endangered the lives of dozens of American officials. At least one of them was killed. The Office of the Prosecutor confirmed in the same document that this information given by Barbie was real.
Another of Valdez Villarreal's collaborations with the United States government was to provide information that led to the operation carried out by the Navy in December 2009 in which Arturo Beltrán Leyva was shot.
In the judicial document quoted in this report, it is stated verbatim: "It is accepted by the government (of the USA) that their information (that provided by Valdez Villarreal) was truthful."
Detention and extradition
Valdez Villarreal was arrested by the PF in 2010 and extradited in 2015 to the United States. According to the aforementioned court document, there he continued to collaborate with the American government, gave more information about the corruption of high-ranking officials of the Calderón government, and his testimony served as one of the tests to incriminate and sentence Alfredo Beltrán Leyva to life in prison. D.C.
In January 2016, he pleaded guilty to three of the charges against him: money laundering, trafficking, and distribution of cocaine. There was no trial and he could be sentenced to life in prison. Although his collaboration was helpful to the American government, his conduct in the United States prison, the violence of his actions as a drug trafficker, and his failure to turn himself in to US authorities before he was detained in Mexico weighed on the Judge. He will issue a sentence of 49 years in prison that Valdez Villarreal is now appealing.
The information revealed by La Barbie to the American government between 2008 and 2010 is reinforced and reconfirmed with the information released by Aristegui Noticias last December. It was revealed that in the trial carried out in Chicago against a Federal Police command named Iván Reyes Arzate, the drug trafficker Sergio Villareal Barragán alias El Grande testified that he was present at meetings held between Luis Cárdenas Palomino, one of the most close to García Luna and Arturo Beltrán Leyva. In which Reyes Arzate, and other officials of the SSP and PF were present.
El Grande assured in that trial that with the help of García Luna and the attaché of the PF in Colombia, Francisco Javier Garza Palacios, Cárdenas Palomino helped Beltrán Leyva to identify an infiltrator that the DEA had in his criminal organization. He gave him his name and a photograph, which led to Beltrán Leyva assassinating said infiltrator.
Villarreal Barragán also pointed out in the Chicago trial that another of the corrupt officers he met was Ramón Pequeño García.
The facts revealed by Valdez Villarreal to the American government between 2008 and 2010 are similar to this one. The names of the three SSP officials mentioned by El Grande were also pointed out by La Barbie in a letter she sent me in November 2012.
Reyes Arzate was transferred to New York and is now a co-accused of García Luna in the criminal accusation that is being heard in the Eastern District Court of that city. Without a doubt, Valdez Villarreal would be key to testify in the trial of the former secretary of state arrested in December last and who faces charges for drug trafficking, during the period from 2001 to 2019, and having received bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel and associates.
The awkward letter
The revelation that La Barbie was a drug trafficker and, at the same time, an informant for US government agencies, gives a new dimension to the letter delivered to the author of this report through Valdez Villarreal's lawyer, Eréndira Joselyn Guerra, days before it ended. Calderón's six-year term.
In it, the drug trafficker admitted to working in drug trafficking and stated that at least since 2002 Genaro García Luna received bribes from him and other drug traffickers, as well as a “select group made up of Armando Espinosa de Benito, who worked with the DEA and I Passing information, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Edgar Eusebio Millán Gómez, Francisco Javier Garza Palacios (PF Colombia), Igor Labastida Calderón, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Ramón Eduardo Pequeño García and Gerardo Garay Cadena who are also part of and receive money from organized crime and me".
He also assured that his arrest was due to the fact that he refused to make an agreement with President Felipe Calderón and the other criminal organizations.
"My arrest was the result of political persecution by C. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, who instituted a harassment (sic) against me for the reason that the undersigned refused to be part of the agreement that Mr. Calderón Hinojosa He wanted to have with all organized crime groups for which he personally held several meetings to have talks with organized crime groups, "he said.
In another paragraph, La Barbie, who was then a reliable informant of the American government, stated: “Despite the background of Genaro García Luna, who are in various criminal cases, and of which the American Government is already aware; They were even part of the topics touched on in the Mérida Initiative and to which I have had access, the most recent being the witness of the collaborating witness Mateo (Sergio Villarreal), President Felipe Calderón supports him in his commission without criminal action being taken in his against".
It is now understood that La Barbie knew that the American government was aware of the corruption of García Luna and his team because he himself would have revealed it in his capacity as an informant.
The letter was signed by the capo on one of the visits made by lawyer Guerra to the drug trafficker. In the files of the Court of Atlanta, Georgia, a written and signed document of Valdez Villarreal's handwriting was located. The signature of the letter that he sent in 2012 and that official document dated March 2018 is the same.
Given the relevance of this letter in light of the revelations found in the Court's judicial document, the letter is presented again for public scrutiny.
He shopped around with FBI, DEA, HSI and eventually his info expired.
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So I guess Arturos paranoia was justified, La Barbie was ratting left and right.
and accusing Calderon, Genero Luna.
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Living in Texas and around his age, I have always been fascinated with Edgar's story (obsessed really). I followed him since 2004ish I think. It fascinates me that an American could rise so high up the ladder. Think about it for a minute.
It was common knowledge and even reported that his brother was this 3rd person and his attorney during this time was Kent Schaffer out of Houston. I had a phone conversation and tried to get an interview with his attorney. No luck
so I was wondering was he an informant before or after El Mochomo's arrest?...it says he for sure he was one from 2008 to 2010...and it says he had previously approached agencies about informing previously to that...El Mochomo's arrest was January 2008...so did he flip before and he was the one who gave up El Mochomo and everyone thought it was El Chapo...or did he become an informant because of the split after Mochomo's arrest?...and really are we sure he wasn't an informant during his whole time in Mexico and just went beyond what the government could totally justify so they distance themselves from him as soon as they could...an operation that went outta control...it seems unlikely but not anything the government hasn't done before...
He was trying to find an angle from the start. He left USA because he had the big dope bust in LA not long after he killed someone accidentally. I am 99% his brother is a probation officer and so he was always looking for the angle to save his skin, but withe CDS split he gained power with BLO. This when he was living it up in Acapulco and was able to roam freely. He claimed somewhere that he gave up Arturo because the jefe was high and paranoid 24/7. He was pathetic at the end of his life, nothing but whores, drugs, and parties. I am sure Barbie turned on a lot of people on the way up, but not just to the DEA, but to rivals.
He also provided shelter to Big Dave Warner, and Craig Petties, two major traffickers from Memphis, in Acapulco, from 2007 to 2008, when Petties was arrested in Quertaro.
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