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U.S. citizen arrested — GOOD!

30 August 2010

Stratfor leaves out the minor detail that “la Barbie”  is an American citizen, a native of Laredo Texas (along with Tom DeLay) and that most American of all things, a former high school football star.  Fred Burton was quoted by ABC News as saying “”He’s a kid you would not expect, coming from a nice family, upper-middle class, living the American dream,”…And the next thing you know, he’s swallowed up in this narco business and has become highly successful.”

Swallowed up?  C’mon, that’s what you say about some poor slug who ends up a victim, not a capo.  Anyway… here’s Fred’s piece from Stratfor:

The Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed that members of the Federal Police detained former Beltran Leyva Organization top enforcer, Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal. Several Mexican media outlets have reported that the operation that netted Valdez Villarreal took place outside of Toluca, Mexico state, while others have reported that the operation actually took place near the Morelos and Guerrero state borders. Federal Police had reportedly launched an operation to capture Valdez Villarreal on Aug. 9 at a luxury condominium complex in the Bosque de Las Lomas neighborhood of Mexico City but missed him by a few hours, indicating that the Mexican government was close to capturing him for some time before his arrest. The arrest of such high-profile and public figure in the Mexican drug-trafficking scene is a huge success for the Mexican government on both a tactical and public relations level.

…The arrest of Valdez Villarreal is a tremendous blow to the leadership of his faction of the [Beltran Leyva crime family… and it is unclear at this point who if anyone will take the place of Valdez Villarreal. …

The arrest of Valdez Villarreal also comes at a time when President Felipe Calderon’s war against the cartels has been drawing some negative attention due to the high levels of violence and a recent, ominous escalation in tactics over the past week with increased use of improvised explosive devices. Valdez Villarreal was well known for his ruthlessness and brutality in dealing with his rivals, and his arrest will be a public relations coup for the Mexican government even though it will do little to quell the violence in places like Juarez and Monterrey.

I may have more to say on this later, but today’s been one of those “nibbled to death by ducks” days… a lot of minor annoyances that meant a lot of standing in line and other distractions.  By the way Edgar Valdes Villarreal (spelled “Villareal” in some news reports) got his nickname from a supposed resemblance to “Ken”… and here I thought it was his interrogation tactics, which more resembled those of Klaus Barbie.

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