“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat
Édgar Valdez Villarreal made a religious promise and never missed mass for three months, without knowing the reasons why
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias ‘La Barbie’ was a drug trafficker who had a dual personality, because while he was a bloodthirsty criminal who had no compassion for his rivals, he had a great devotion to Christianity.
El Güero’, as Arturo Beltrán Leyva called him, had great faith in ‘La morenita del Tepeyac’, which is why in each of his homes he had an image of her, besides having the habit of making the sign of the cross every morning.
“The personality of ‘La Barbie’ was dual, along with his criminal life and excesses he was very religious, he was devoted to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, in all his houses there was an image of her and he crossed himself every morning, he was also faithful to St. Jude Thaddeus, he once made a pledge and promised to go to mass for three months, he didn’t miss a single service,” reads the book ‘Emma and the other women of narco traffickers’.
His love for Catholicism was so great that he even made a vow, in which he promised to go to mass for three months, a period in which he didn’t miss a single church service, however, it isn’t known in exchange for what.
In addition to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, ‘La Barbie’ also had faith in St. Jude Thaddeus, who has always been very popular among drug traffickers, they even tattoo this religious icon onto themselves , however, it isn’t known if he had this ink on his skin.
La Barbie’ prayed to the Our Lady of Guadalupe for Peña Nieto to become president
Anabel Hernandez in her book ‘Emma and the other women of narco traffickers’ said that Edgar prayed to the Virgin of Guadalupe every night so that the former governor from the State of Mexico would become the head of the Federal Executive.
“In fact, he recalled that ‘La Barbie’ prayed to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, to whom it was said that he was very devoted, so that Peña Nieto would become president,” Anabel Hernandez wrote in her book.
El Güero thought that if the PRI candidate won, he would be able to continue operating with total impunity, but he didn’t expect that in 2010 he would be arrested by the authorities after a conflict within the now reborn Beltrán Leyva Cartel.
“When Peña Nieto wins, I’m going to be free for another six years,’ said the drug trafficker, ‘La Barbie’ was arrested in 2010, in the midst of the wars within the organization,” he said.