WEBB COUNTY, TEXAS
35-year old Border Patrol Agent, David Ortiz was taken into custody by the Webb County PD on Saturday. Ortiz is a suspect in the killing of four people and the aggravated kidnapping of a fifth person, a woman who managed to escape her captor.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the bodies of the four deceased (one male and three females), had been discovered over the course of the past two weeks, according to sheriff’s spokesperson, Eduardo Chapa.
“This case broke open yesterday with an aggravated kidnapping and then a lookout for the suspect, in this case, Ortiz.” Webb County district attorney, Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz said.
Chapa said Ortiz was picked up along Interstate 35 in Laredo early on Saturday morning. The female that was kidnapped managed to escape. According to authorities, she had a gun pulled on her during the abduction, but managed to get away from Ortiz. The woman immediately went to authorities. She provided them with a description of the suspect and the white pick-up truck that led police to Ortiz.
“We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing.” The sheriff said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
A man born in Texas who rose to the very top of the drug-trafficking food chain in Mexico, has been sentenced to 50-years in prison and ordered to forfeit over $192 million.
The Guardian (@guardian) reported, Edgar Valdez Villarreal a.k.a. “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on Monday. He was also ordered to forfeit over $192 million. The feds estimate of the value of the cocaine Barbie trafficked into the US.
Valdez was accused of bringing truckloads of coke into the US from Mexico. And bringing truckloads of money into Mexico that came from the US.
Valdez was arrested in Mexico in 2010. In September of 2015 Valdez was extradited to the United States along with 13 co-defendants. Valdez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges in January of 2016.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Mexico border. Valdez was a middle class kid whose father was a nightclub owner. Valdez started selling drugs as a low-level street dealer when he was still in high school. He ended up rising to the top of the ranks in the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) during the era when the gang’s leaders were associated with Juan “El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to prosecutors.