Who is the “Big One”, the point of union between drug cartels and Genaro García Luna

El Grande was arrested in 2010 in Puebla after reports from the DEA (Photos: Cuartoscuro)

Sergio Villarreal Barragan, the Great, went from lieutenant in the Beltran Leyva a collaborator with the authorities to expose his alleged accomplices, including officials such as Genaro Garcia Luna and the corrupt circle of the former Secretary of Security with Felipe Calderon.

The Great He is no longer in prison, at least since 2019, he is now protected with a new identity in the United States, where he went extradited in 2012, following his arrest in 2010 for Drug Enforcement Administration reports (give). Along with other capos of the Sinaloa Cartel, the former federal judicial police of Coahuila has pointed out the links between Mexican agents with cartels of the drug.

Hence it could be one of the witnesses in the trial against García Luna, which is scheduled for fall 2022 in the Eastern District Court of New York. Then the Great has stated that witnessed meetings between the then secretary of former president Calderón and police officers like Luis Cardenas Palomino.

The corrupt officials, according to Villarreal Barragán, attended a couple of meetings in the Mexico City and in Cuernavaca, Morelos, where they chatted with Arturo Beltran Leyva, the Beards y/o Boss of Bosses, and with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, the Barbie.

The Great has upheld its versions before courts in Mexico as well as in the United States, but also told part of the story to Jesus Lemus, with whom he shared the prison of Big bridge, Jalisco, when the journalist was falsely accused of ties to drug trafficking by order of the former PAN president and García Luna.

Ramón Pequeno García (left), Genaro García Luna (center) and Cárdenas Palomino (right) (Photo: Special)
Ramón Pequeno García (left), Genaro García Luna (center) and Cárdenas Palomino (right) (Photo: Special)

In 2006, the escort of the Boss of Bosses, there was a meeting between the leader of the Beltrán Leyva and Ismael Zambada Garcia, the Mayo. That was when it was decided to bribe Felipe Calderón, who would take office in the federal Executive after controversial elections in which a fraud of the then candidate was accused, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The order to reach the president was given in September and ten days later, the Great coincided with the PAN at the christening of the blue and white senator’s daughter, Guillermo Anaya Llamas. In that meeting they were only introduced, but the moment was key to serve the table.

Already for October of the same year, Sergio Villarreal Barragan made the meeting in Mexico City. He barely talked for 20 minutes and asked that Genaro García Luna be elected Secretary of Security, as ordered by the cartels he represented in the call Federation (crime council where the Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez and the Beltran Leyva from 2001 to 2008).

“Tell the gentlemen to be calm, they will not be disturbed,” was the response of the president-elect, according to the Great. The payment for that favor was $ 20 million.

It is no coincidence that the Mexican drug lords chose García Luna, since he had been her link in the six-year term of Vicente Fox, as alleged in the accusations of the brooklyn court.

Arturo Beltrán Leyva, "The Barbas", was killed in an armed confrontation with the Navy in 2009 (Photo: Special)
Arturo Beltrán Leyva, “El Barbas”, was killed in an armed confrontation with the Navy in 2009 (Photo: Special)

Arturo Beltran Leyva ordered that García Luna be taken to a residence in Cuernavaca, when the official was in Morelos.

Criminal operators picked up the “super cop” at a McDonaldsIn broad daylight, he was then guided to a residential area. I was wearing a shirt and pants, without jacket, to see the Beards Yet the Barbie.

About the second time, García Luna attended Jardines del Pedregal, in the southwest of the Mexican capital. On that occasion he also saw the two criminals and established direct contact with them: Luis Cardenas Palomino, arrested last July on charges of torture and the former secretary’s right arm.

The Boss of Bosses asked Cárdenas Palomino information on the frequent seizures the DEA was making in international waters, of ships that transported drugs from the Federation. The contact with the narcos said that he would investigate through a source he had in the Mexican embassy in Colombia to find out what was happening.

During your testimony, the Great assured that there was a second meeting between Arturo Beltrán Leyva and Cárdenas Palomino, where he was also present. There, García Luna’s right arm reported that There was a Colombian DEA informant working with the Beltrán Leyva cartel and he provided the nickname and even a photograph.

The former operator of the Beltrán Leyva also testified against the "Chapo" Guzmán (Photo: SAÚL LÓPEZCUARTOSCURO)
The former operator of the Beltrán Leyva family also testified against “Chapo” Guzmán (Photo: SAÚL LÓPEZCUARTOSCURO)

The Great testified that Beltrán Leyva “he had gotten very angry “, so he ordered kidnap, torture and murder to the collaborator of the anti-drug agency.

Both García Luna and Cárdenas Palomino face indictments in the Eastern District Court of New York for having collaborated with the Sinaloa Cartel for 19 years. Both are detained and in legal proceedings, the first in Mexico for torture without touching his property and, the second, with a lawsuit above where they plan to seize him. $ 250 million.

On May 22, 2012, the then Attorney General of the Republic gave as valid the testimony of Villareal Barragán and spread the doubt against the Army.

Despite the fact that before, the authorities themselves had rejected the accusations of the Great when involved in million dollar bribes a Luis Cárdenas Palomino and Armando Espinosa de Benito, both from the Ministry of Public Security.

“For him chief of detachment, cavalry, armored, infantry and for the head of the military zone, for each one hundred in a thousand dollars were allocated, and so he had several controls arranged in Morelos, in Guerrero, in the Federal District“, Asserted the capo.

Villarreal Barragán involved General Cienfuegos in bribes (Photo: REUTERS / Henry Romero)
Villarreal Barragán involved General Cienfuegos in bribes (Photo: REUTERS / Henry Romero)

With this he showed that the arrangements of the Federation were in the high command of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).

“The arrangement was not so that stores would not be searched but to address large issues such as drug trafficking by the tons, to pass through military checkpoints, to remove and install checkpoints in all states of the Republic; We even started operating in Guatemala ”, explained Villareal Barragán.

The Great he was the one who paid the high command of the Sedena bribed. Money was always given to the oldest Ivan Reyna Muñoz, who was finally arrested in 2012 for being intermediary of the Beltrán Leyva with the generals Ángeles Dauahare and Ricardo Escorcia Vargas.

Although Arturo Beltrán Leyva’s lieutenant emphasized payments to Reyna Muñoz, highlighted the involvement of who was head of the ninth military region based in Acapulco Guerrero: Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda.

He served as commander when the Beltrán Leyva were masters and lords of the square, the journalist noted Anabel Hernanez in his book Mexico on fire: Calderón’s legacy (Unsot, 2012).

El Grande assured that he had a meeting with Felipe Calderón (Photo: REUTERS / Ginnette Riquelme)
El Grande assured that he had a meeting with Felipe Calderón (Photo: REUTERS / Ginnette Riquelme)

Villarreal Barragán was not just any operator, he was the right arm of one of the main drug bosses in Mexico, who was killed in 2009 by agents of the Armed Navy. In each intervention with judicial authorities, he has reiterated the links between Mexican officials and even Venezuelan generals.

This September 12, the Treasury Department lifted the sanction that prohibited him from opening accounts, carry out financial operations and any other business in the United States. He is expected to be one of the main witnesses in the García Luna case. and the rest of the agents who will be tried soon.


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