Mexico asks the US for information on the alleged release of the drug lord

The Mexican government on Tuesday requested information from the United States about the alleged release of Édgar Valdez «La Barbie», one of the most bloodthirsty drug lords in Mexico, who no longer appears in the custody of the US authorities.

Valdez, born in the American city of Laredo, Texas, is known as «La Barbie» for his blonde hair and blue eyes.

«We have to see if it is true because information is being requested, Foreign Relations is already doing it and the Ministry of Public Security is doing it, today it will be known if he is not in prison,» said the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. , in his daily press conference.

The president referred to the information first published by the Mexican newspaper Milenio, which on Monday reported that after a review by the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Valdez does not appear in custody, for which reason he is presumably now in a witness protection program.

«La Barbie», a US citizen arrested in 2010, was one of the most wanted drug traffickers by Mexico and the United States in the early years of the so-called «war on drugs» due to the violence it unleashed.

López Obrador acknowledged that «it is not yet precisely known whether he is still detained or not,» although he did not deny the information in the Milenio newspaper.

“Who knows what its source is. Of course, it must be a US agency because there is no way that they are searching the list of all the prisoners if they are there or not, someone knew or wanted it to be known and leaked the information, ”he opined.

The Mexican ruler asked to «see what the arrangement was» between the capo and the US authorities «because his sentence was for several years» and «here in the country there are also complaints filed.»

“It is still very early, during the course of the day, tomorrow, everything will be known, and we are not getting ahead of ourselves, we are going to wait to see what is happening,” he said.

The capo trafficked around a ton of cocaine a month and gained notoriety for the bloody war he had with his former partners in the Beltrán Leyva cartel.

That war sowed mutilated and decapitated bodies in the states of Morelos and Guerrero, where those of the Pacific cartel, commanded by Valdez, exchanged dozens of dead and messages with the Beltrán Leyva family.