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Narco Blog: Accomplice of ‘Barbie’ Arrested in Morelos

A man considered “one of the main leaders of the criminal organization led by Edgar ‘La Barbie’ Valdez Villarreal in Morelos state” has been arrested by the Federal Police, the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.

Nelson Horacio Vargas Garcia was arrested on Dec. 8 near Ticuman, a town outside the city of Tlaltizapan, the secretariat said.

The 34-year-old Vargas Garcia ran the operations of the gang led by Valdez Villarreal, who was arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010.

Valdez Villarreal, who was born on Aug. 11, 1973, in Laredo, Texas, was a high-level member of the Beltran Leyva cartel and got his nickname because of his fair skin and blue eyes.

Vargas Garcia was responsible for the drug trafficking organization’s business in the western section of Morelos, a state in central Mexico, especially in the cities of Jojutla, Zacatepec, Amacuzac, Tlaltizapan and Lake Tequesquitengo.

He has a long criminal record, was convicted of extortion in 2009 and had gotten out of prison last year, the secretariat said.

Vargas Garcia rejoined the gang and “maintained an alliance with the La Familia criminal organization, allowing him to obtain material and financial resources to run the criminal organization and take control of various cities” in Morelos, the secretariat said.

The Federal Police seized a handgun, 191 rounds of ammunition, an automobile with tags from the southern state of Guerrero, ammunition clips, 27,400 pesos (about $2,000) and three cell phones from Vargas Garcia.

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