The US Bureau of Prisons has been contacted by the Mexican government to provide information regarding the reasons behind the removal of a ruthless drug trafficker’s name from the agency’s roster of detainees.
According to El Pas, “Edgar Valdez Villarreal, often known as “La Barbie,” was found guilty and given a prison term that will last until 2056 for his suspected connections to the Sinaloa drug cartel as a hitman.
The BoP’s database of prisoners no longer lists the suspected cartel member’s name, leading Mexico City to enquire as to his location.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated during a press conference on Tuesday that “information is being solicited.” “Everything will be revealed later today or tomorrow. Let’s avoid jumping the gun.
There are a lot of reasons why an inmate’s name might not be present in the database, a US Bureau of Prisons official told El Pas.
The representative explained that there are several reasons why an offender can be labeled as being “not in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.”
“Prior Bureau of Prisons inmates who have not completed their sentences may be released from detention for a while to attend court appearances, get medical care, or for other reasons. Due to security and privacy concerns, we do not disclose precise information on the status of prisoners who are not under the Bureau of Prisons’ custody.
Valdez Villarreal is being imprisoned at the Coleman II high-security prison in central Florida, assuming he hasn’t already been relocated.
The lawyers for the trafficker were contacted by the newspaper, but they declined to comment other than to claim that they did not know why the name of their client was not on the list “
During a press conference on Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard noted that he “”does not have confirmation that La Barbie has been released; that is, he is still in detention.””
The article claims that Valdez Villarreal served as one of cartel head Arturo Leyva’s most trusted lieutenants during which time he allegedly received money from underbosses and captured footage of victims being tortured and killed.