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“La Barbie” accused Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman and the cartel of Sinaloa for starting the bloody cartel drug war in Mexico.

Intel goldmine: Now arrested Texas-born drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie". Photo: AP

In a statement to the Mexican police, the drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “La Barbie”, arrested on Monday revealed details of the origin of the war between cartels in Mexico. He said the widespread confrontation between criminal gangs began because of the war for the control of illegal drug trafficking in Ciudad Juárez, the main transit route for cocaine into the U.S.
According to Valdez, the cartels had previously a non-aggression agreement signed by the major drug kingpins in 2007, but the agreement was breached by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, strong man of the Sinaloa cartel.  Chapo Guzman wanted the control of Ciudad Juarez and began executing members of the Juarez cartel, led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.
In his testimony, the drug kingpin “la Barbie” did not hide his disgust by the cartel Los Zetas, allegedly responsible for the massacre of 72 immigrants last week. According to Valdez, the Zetas are a “danger” to other criminal organizations in Mexico, for “not respecting the agreements.” “Neither the mother wants them.”

Police parade with his his major arrest "La Barbie". Photo: AP

Valdez also said he hid the man who shot the Paraguayan soccer striker Salvador Cabanas, that was playing for the mexican team America. According to “La Barbie”, José Jorge Balderas Garza, known as “JJ”, who in January gave a shot in the head of Paraguay in a bar in the Mexican capital, is his friend.

“I put him in an office for three months,” he said. Researchers suspect that Valdez had ordered killed the soccer player because Cabañas had an affair with actress Arleth Terán, drug dealer’s girlfriend.

A Mexican judge ordered Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez, believed to be one of the country’s top drug bosses, held for 40 more days of investigation, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Saturday.

Valdez, a 37-year-old Texan who was arrested outside Mexico City late last month, is the highest-ranking suspected drug cartel leader captured alive since the country’s drug war erupted in late 2006.

The extended detention period allows prosecutors more time to build their case against Valdez and seven other people who were arrested at the same time.

Valdez had been a contender to take over the Beltran Leyva cartel. A violent struggle for control of the gang erupted after its leader, Arturo Beltran Leyva, was slain in a shootout with Mexican forces in December as some members sided with Valdez against Beltran Leyva’s brother.

U.S. authorities have placed a $2 million bounty on his head and want Valdez to stand trial on charges that he masterminded the smuggling of tonnes of cocaine into the United States. Mexican officials have not said whether they will hand Valdez over to the United States or try him first in Mexico.

Valdez will be held in the headquarters of the Mexican Federal Police in Mexico City during the extended detention period, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

Background information on La Barbie.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal (born August 11, 1973) also known as La Barbie, is a Mexican-American drug trafficker who worked a few years for the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel as a lieutenant. In early 2010 he separated from the Beltrán-Leyva brothers and attempted to create his own cartel. Valdez is also the primary operator of the executioner gang called Los Negros. On August 30, 2010, he was arrested by the Mexican Federal Police.

Valdez originates from Laredo, Texas,[7][8] where he was a high school football standout. Then he started selling marijuana on the streets of Laredo.[9][10] Valdez’s nickname, La Barbie, came from his football coach at United High School[11] and references his light complexion and green eyes, similar to that of a Ken doll. Other nicknames he is known by are “El Comandante” and “El Guero“.[6]

Valdez’s first arrest came at 19 in Texas, where he was charged with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly running over a middle school counselor with his truck while speeding down a Laredo street. He was never indicted.[12] After leaving Texas for Mexico, police say Valdez quickly rose through the ranks of the Sinaloa Cartel, working as Arturo Beltrán Leyva‘s bodyguard. Living illegally in Mexico, Valdez built up a life of luxury, with homes in expensive neighborhoods.