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Edgar Valdez Villarreal
Born August 11, 1973
Laredo, TX, USA
Other names La Barbie
Occupation Drug trafficking, hitman
Employer Beltrán-Leyva Cartel
Known for Drug cartel lieutenant
$2 million dollars reward in Mexico.[1]

Edgar Valdez Villarreal (born August 11, 1973) also known as La Barbie, is a Mexican-American drug trafficker working in the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel as a lieutenant and is the primary operator of the armed group, Los Negros.[2][3] Villarreal's nickname, La Barbie, originates from his light complexion and blue eyes, similar to that of a Ken doll. Villarreal originates from Laredo, Texas.[4][5]

Charges and defense

The police have been searching for Villarreal since his 2002 indictment on two counts of conspiracy with the intent to distribute marijuana. In the police attempts to capture Villarreal, they have raided homes he has rented, locating grenades, automatic weapons and police uniforms.

Villarreal has pleaded innocent, taking out ads in the local Nuevo Laredo newspaper, El Norte, describing himself as: "... a legitimate businessman who had been forced to leave Nuevo Laredo and move to the neighboring state of Coahuila because he was being harassed for bribes by local police officers."[6]

Los Negros

It is believed Villarreal leads the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel enforcement arm, Los Negros.[2][3] Los Negros were engaged in a drug war in the Nuevo Laredo region against the Gulf Cartel's enforcement arm, Los Zetas, however, they have now forged an alliance. Los Negros orchestrate kidnappings and recruit operatives, including police officers, military personnel and federal agents, according to the attorney general's office.

While the group is controlled directly by Villarreal, it is overseen by Beltrán Levya brothers.[7] Los Negros have been known to employ local gangs such as MS-13 and Mexican Mafia to carry out murders and other illegal activities.[8]


  1. ^ "Mexico's most wanted traffickers, at $2 million". Associated Press. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b Freeman, Laurie. State of Siege:Drug-Related Violence and Corruption in Mexico. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. pp. 7,13,15. 
  3. ^ a b Samuels, Lennox (March 21, 2006). "Lieutenant in Mexican drug cartel a wanted man". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Ginger (December 4, 2005). "Mexico in grip of all-out drug war". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  5. ^ Samuels, Lennox (March 21, 2006). "Man called 'La Barbie' has another name: outlaw". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  6. ^ McKenley Jr., James C. (December 3, 2005). "Mexico Agents Kidnapped 4, Prosecutor Says". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  7. ^ A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border. Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security. January 9, 2008. pp. 12,13. 
  8. ^ Weak bilateral law enforcement presence at the U.S.Mexico border. Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives. November 17, 2005. pp. 11. ISBN 1422334414. 

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