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U.S. Prosecutors announce list of top drug capos expected to testify at trial of cartel boss

February 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Prosecutors announce list of top drug capos expected to testify at trial of cartel boss

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U.S. federal prosecutors have managed to secure a list of cooperating witnesses including three of the highest ranking Mexican drug lords and two top Colombian cartel leaders, all of whom are expected to testify in the upcoming trial of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, alias “El Mochomo.”

Beltran-Leyva will stand trial on Feb. 16th; he is accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, as a leader of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel (BLO) in an indictment out of the District of Columbia.

Beltran-Leyva appeared for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday wearing a beige prison jumpsuit, prescription dark glasses and without the beard he had sported at the time of his arrest.

During the court proceeding, which was presided over by federal district court Judge Richard Leon, prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney read the list of cooperating witnesses expected to take the stand against Beltran-Leyva.

Pedro and Maragorito Flores

Twins Pedro and Margarito Flores, from Chicago, were the top narcotics U.S. distributors for the Sinaloa cartel and the BLO.

The prosecution’s list of 11 cooperating witnesses includes three high-ranking members of the Sinaloa-federation, among the brother to the top boss along with Chicago twins Pedro and Margarito Flores, who oversaw distribution nationwide in the U.S. for the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva cartels.

Information provided by the Flores twins led to the indictments of 50 ranking members and associates of the Sinaloa cartel including top bosses Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia and his son Vicente Zambada Niebla.

Former BLO lieutenants who would include Texas-born drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal and Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, a.k.a. El Grande will also be called to testify for the Justice Department.

Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, a.k.a. El Grande, at the time of his capture

Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, a.k.a. El Grande, at the time of his capture

Barragan started out with the Gulf cartel before going to work for the BLO, which at the time was still allied with the Sinaloa cartel.

Villareal-Barragan and La Barbie climbed the ranks to become top capos in the organization working directly for the cartel’s top boss Arturo Beltrán Leyva, Alfredo’s brother who died in a gunbattle with Mexican security forces in 2009.

La Barbie is believed to have betrayed Arturo Beltran-Leyva by tipping off Mexican authorities to his location.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal will be called to testify against Alfred Beltran Leyvay in his upcoming trial

Edgar Valdez Villarreal aka La Barbie will be called to testify against Alfred Beltran Leyva in his upcoming trial

After Arturo’s death, war broke out for control of the Cartel between a faction led by Valdez-Villarreal and the other led by another brother, Hector Beltran-Leyva along with his chief lieutenant Villareal-Barragan.

“El Grande” is expected to testify how he and Beltran-Leyva brokered deals for the sale and trafficking of cocaine and bribed Mexican officials while serving as his chief enforcer.

Prosecutors also said that “La Barbie” will testify to having been present at meetings to discuss shipments of cocaine and collecting proceeds from illicit drug sales.

In early January “La Barbie” pled guilty to three charges listed in an indictment as part of a plea agreement in Georgia Federal District Court.

U.S. prosecutors said they intend to call a pair of former top Colombian cartel leaders including Harold Mauricio Poveda-Ortega aka “El Conejo” who was considered the principal supplier of cocaine to the Beltrán Leyva cartel. Also, they plan on calling Juan Carlos “Chupeta” Ramirez Abadia, the former head of the Norte del Valle Cartel, who at one time was one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers.


Harold Mauricio Poveda-Ortega aka “El Conejo” was the top cocaine supplier for the BLO

Abadia had plastic surgery to alter his appearance radically in an attempt to evade authorities.

He was captured in Sao Paulo, Brazil back in 2007 and subsequently extradited to the United States, where he faced a federal RICO indictment that included murder and drug trafficking charges.


Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, the drug lord who altered his facial appearance with two plastic surgeries.

Another member of the Sinaloa cartel who has agreed to cooperate and testify in the trial is Jesus “El Rey”  Zambada, the brother of “El Mayo” Zambada, who was considered one of the top four bosses in the Sinaloa organization.

Prosecutors said Zambada would testify how he reached agreements with Alfredo Beltran-Leyva to receive and transport cocaine destined for the US, and jointly invested in drug shipments from Colombia.

Zambada pleaded guilty to one count in an indictment out of the Eastern District Court in 2013 in Brooklyn, New York.

Additional witnesses who have cooperated with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation but will not be called to testify include “El Mayo” Zamabada’s two sons Vincente Zambada Niebla and his brother Serafin Zambada Ortiz. As well as José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, aka Chino Antrax, the former head of the Sinaloa cartel’s top enforcer group Los Anthrax.

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