09/13/10 – After ten months of intelligence work, José Luis Vergara, Director of Social Communication for the Mexican Navy (Director de Comunicación Social de la SEMAR: Armada de México) has confirmed the capture of Sergio Villarreal Barragán, “El Grande.”
With the deaths of drug kingpins Arturo Beltrán Leyva and Nacho Coronel, the Secretary of the Navy (La Secretaria de Marina) has openly expressed his confidence in the Federal Government’s ability to continue dismantling the drug cartel alliance and capturing members of organized crime.
Unlike Nacho Colonel’s violent confrontation with the army that resulted in his death, the success of “El Grande’s” capture without resistance implies, in the opinion of Vergara, a movement toward the Federal Government’s enhanced ability to detain criminals with greater ease.
Villarreal Barragán was detained alongside Jesús Enrique Jurado Torres and Ramiro Cisneros Aguirre in Puerta de Hierro, in the city of Puebla. Apparently, the hierarchical ranking of “El Grande” is similar to that of Edgar Valdez Villareal in the Beltran Leyva cartel. However, after the death of Arturo Beltran “El Barbas” last December, there has been a split between the concentric leadership of “El Grande” and the current leader of the organization, Héctor Beltrán.
The accused face at least seven charges, including the possession of weapons, under the continued investigation of the Attorney General (la Procuraduría General de la República – PGR).