Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday that the US Embassy confirmed to him that Édgar Valdez «La Barbie», one of the most bloodthirsty drug lords in Mexico, is still in their custody, after press reports about his possible arrest. on freedom.
“The United States Embassy told us today that he is still in custody, we are going to see if that is the case or not. It was earlier today,” Ebrard said when asked by the media in the border city of Tijuana.
The Mexican newspaper Mileno published last Monday that, after reviewing the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Valdez no longer appears in custody, for which reason he is now presumably in a witness protection program.
«I have no confirmation that ‘La Barbie’ has been released, he is still in custody,» the foreign minister commented in this regard.
«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.
In his daily press conference on Tuesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Security requested information from the United States to find out if the drug trafficker is still in prison.
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.»
Valdez, born in the American city of Laredo, Texas, is known as «La Barbie» for his blonde hair and blue eyes.
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.