Rumors are swirling that Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias “La Barbie,” the former top hitman for the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO) who later formed his own drug trafficking organization, negotiated his surrender with Mexican and possibly US authorities.
One column in El Universal, which signed “Journalists of El Universal,” noted that it happened the same day the federal police announced that it had removed 3,200 policemen from service for presumed ties to criminal networks. It adds that Valdez’s handover was due in part to political considerations.
Valdez spent his first few days being interrogated by Mexican and US authorities, a piece in Milenio over the weekend said, and that he willingly detailed how he and others operated and who his possible successors were. The report added that he’d told his one-time boss, Arturo Beltrán Leyva, to “turn himself in” to authorities as the Navy special forces were preparing an assault on Beltrán Leyva’s headquarters in Cuernavaca in December 2009. Beltrán Leyva refused and was shot and killed by the special forces.