Eleven Associates of Mexican Drug Lord Barbie Captured

By Dialogo
September 02, 2010

Colombian authorities carried out operations in five different cities, resulting in the arrest of 11 people linked to Mexican drug lord Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias “Barbie” on August 30.

The 18-month Operation Gulf to capture the Mexican kingpin’s allies in Colombia yielded information that determined the criminals had sent monthly shipments of hallucinogens to Costa Rica and cocaine to other Central American countries and on to Mexico since 2003, according to a report by EFE. They used speed boats and cargo ships for their transport.

One of the eleven people captured was a Mexican national, Julio César Piña Soberanís, allegedly Barbie’s personal representative in the South American country, reported BBC Mundo. “Julio” was captured in the coffee growing region of Pereira, where there is a high presence of drug-traffickers.

At the same time, in Bogotá, security forces arrested Denis Alvarino Gómez, known as “El Negrito”, who according to police is linked to Luis Carlos Neiva, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 30th front, reported BBC Mundo.

The arrests came one day after Barbie, one of the main candidates to head the Beltrán Leyva cartel and one of Mexico’s most wanted criminals, was also arrested in Mexico. Valdez Villareal is a Texas-born kingpin suspected to have trafficked a ton of cocaine per month and is also accused of dozens of murders, summed up EFE.