The US eliminated Sergio Villarreal, “el Grande,” from its black list, leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel

MÉXICO, DF, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010.-Rear Admiral José Luis Vergara, in charge of social communication for SEMAR, introduced Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán (a) “El Grande”, who is considered the main operator of the Beltrán Leyva criminal organization, It was presented today, September 13, 2010 at the facilities of the Mexican Navy and Navy Secretariat along with two of its collaborators who go by the names of Jesús Enrique Jurado Torres and Ramiro Cisneros Aguirre. PHOTO: SAÚL LÓPEZCUARTOSCURO.COM

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury, deleted from its black list this Friday, November 12, the drug trafficker and leader of the Beltrán Leyva organization (OBL), Sergio Villarreal, the Great,

A decade ago Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragan, alias “The big one”, He was arrested in Puebla. He himself admitted that during his years in the service of drug trafficking, he had kidnapped, tortured and dismembered more than 90 people. Today, thanks to a cooperation agreement with the US authorities, he is free again.

“El Grande”, nicknamed this way because of his physiognomy – 1.98 meters and 115 kilos -, began his career in the ranks of the ministerial police of Coahuila, when he was 20 years old. In 1993 he joined the Federal Judicial Police and was assigned to Torreón, where he forged alliances with members of the Juarez Cartel.

Four years later he died Amado Carrillo Fuentes, “The Lord of the Skies“, And” El Grande “became the representative of the Juarez Cartel in Coahuila, Durango and Chihuahua. The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) considered it “The main supplier of drugs in the region.”

According to the PGR, “El Grande” worked under the protection of the deputy attorney Humberto Resendiz, and had under his service the municipal police of Torreón, Gómez Palacio and Lerdo.

In those years he also fought a bloody battle against Los Zetas, who kidnapped and executed his first wife. That event unleashed a wave of violence never before seen in Durango and Coahuila. An investigation linked the “Grande” with the murder of two federal agents and a businessman.

According to official reports, Enrique Villarreal was recruited by the Beltrán Leyva brothers in 2006, the same year in which the so-called “War on Drug Trafficking” began, and in a short time he would become one of the leaders of the cartel.

In 2007, the heads of two employees who worked in an air cargo storage company appeared in Mexico City. They had lost half a ton of cocaine and “El Grande” charged them that way.

One Wednesday, December 16, he was shot down Arturo Beltran Leyva during a confrontation with the Mexican Navy in a luxury area in the municipality of Cuernavaca, Morelos.

According to the journalist Anabel Hernández, who had access to the statements of “El Grande”, the drug trafficker revealed that Genaro García Luna and his “compadre” Luis Cárdenas Palomino, collaborated for the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán Leyva when both were in the Federal Public Security Secretariat during the administration of Felipe Calderón.

In the US he was admitted as a collaborating witness, and thanks to the information he gave to the Department of Justice, today he is back on the streets.

A journalistic note quoted by the writer Hector de Mauleón notes that he was last seen in a part of Houston.


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