MEXICO CITY (approved). - The Department of Justice of the United States reported that Sergio Villarreal Barragan, El Grande, operator of the Beltran Leyva cartel, was presented on Wednesday before a Texas court after being extradited Tuesday night.
Alisa Finelli, a Justice Department spokesman, said that El Grande faces four charges of distributing drugs and possible confiscation of up to $ 100 million.
In the morning, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) upheld the extradition to the United States of the once powerful lieutenant of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, who will be tried by a federal court in South Texas for alleged crimes of conspiracy, drug distribution and money laundering.
As anticipated yesterday, the PGR said in a statement that the extradition of El King Kong, El Comeniños, El Giga, El Grande and El M, were extradited to the United States under the Extradition Treaty signed between both Mexico and the United States.
According to the official gazette, between 2007 and 2010 Villarreal Barragan was an operator of the criminal organization of the Beltran Leyva, which is dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering.
"This organization is dedicated to the transport of cocaine to the United States, and the transfer of millions of U.S. dollars from the sale of illegal narcotics abroad," the statement said.
Villarreal Barragan was interned at the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation (Cefereso) No. 2 West, located in Puente Grande, Jalisco, until December 16, 2011, when the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI), heard of the completion of the provisional warrant for extradition issued by a trial judge.
Once all the steps of the extradition proceedings initiated by the PGR was complete, extradition was granted.
The delivery was made on 22 May at the International Airport of Mexico City, where elements from the AFI gave Villarreal Barragán elements of the U.S. Marshals Service U.S. Government.
With the extradition of El Grande, 546 suspects have been handed over to foreign governments, most of them (502) to the United States.
According to sources, Villarreal could become a protected witness for the DEA, as was as the PGR to testify against several officials who were alleged to be protectors of drug traffickers.
Among them, implicated General Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro, who was murdered on 20 April in Mexico City and who between 2000 and 2007 was jailed on charges of protecting the Juarez cartel, a charge that was eventually waived.
After his release, Acosta Chaparro became the informal liaison Felipe Calderon government and different drug cartels (Proceso 1768 and 1779).
According to a leak to the press, of a recording of El Grande, Barragan Villarreal accused Acosta Chaparro of receiving at least half a million dollars from the Beltran Leyva brothers, who in 2008 broke the alliance with the Sinaloa cartel, accusing Joaquin El Chapo Guzman of giving up his brother Alfredo El Mochomo to the army.
El Grande was arrested in September 2010 by members of Marines in the upscale Iron Gate residential subdivision in the city of Puebla. El Grande was a Judicial police officer in Coahuila, in the 90's, his arrest occurred when he was engaged in a conflict in the states of Morelos and Guerrero, with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, La Barbie, whom he blamed for having given Arturo Beltran Leyva, El Jefe de Jefes up to the Navy in Cuernavaca in December 2009.
El Barbie was arrested in the State of Mexico in August 2010 by the Federal Police under the Ministry of Public Security, and is pending extradition to the United States, which has been requested by the Court of the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta.
In research conducted PGR against four senior military officers, including ex Sub-Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA), Thomas Dauahare Angeles, the protected witness Jennifer is linked to the Beltran Leyva cartel since 2008.
I'm a wondering? What do you think his El Grande's real dealie is?
So, he'll became a protected witness for the DEA, as he was formerly for the PGR. Could he potentially testify in more than one US trials so it would be worth it? Or does it only mean, he gets limited immunity from jail time, and he gets complete immunity and can walk free and clear after fulfilling his trial obligations to go where he chooses. Or is he already in witness protection program as we speak like out in Semi-Boonieville, Utah, supported by the taxpayers, awaiting the beck and call of prosecutors and not allowed to call home? Not that he probably known for following rules. What say you?
He has to have something in order to deal. Maybe more politicos or military. I have no idea what information he has, most of it you would imagine would be old, but who knows what he knows. The more helpful he is the better the deal, so we shall see. Even if the information is old it atleast could hold those who protect these people more accountable. It will be interesting, I hope it isn't sealed but my guess is it will be.