Mexico Arrests Drug Kingpin 'La Barbie'

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La Barbie for his blue eyes and fair complexion, he is believed to have been behind a surge in bloodshed in central Mexico as he vied for leadership of his gang.This is clearly an important capture and will take some pressure off Calderon in the short term but the impact will only be partial unless the government moves to arrest La Barbie's hit men and dismantles his gang.

The next thing you know, he's swallowed up in this narc o business and has become highly successful." La Barbie is a fascinating character that has reached the proportions of myth," said Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence for Stratify Global Intelligence, who has followed Valdez-Villarreal's rise to power. Burton is a former counter terrorism agent with the U.S. State Department.

A leader of the Beltran Lesya cartel based in central Mexico, in a residential area near Mexico City, the government La Barbie" was lieutenant Arturo Beltran Leyva "El Barbas", but after the death of the Beltran, the Beltran cartel belonging to the Beltrán Lesya brothers splintered into two opposing factions, one led by Hector Beltran Lesya, "Ele H" and the other by Valdez Villarreal.


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