The second day of testimonies by Sergio Villareal, El Grande, one of the main lieutenants of the Beltrán Leyva, in the trial against Genaro García Luna in the Brooklyn court, continued with alleged revelations that are not supported by any evidence but that, in addition , as we said yesterday, remain profoundly contradictory.
El Grande, a fearsome character in the world of drug trafficking, protagonist of some of the most sinister actions of the Beltrán Leyva, who together with the Zetas gave a true twist to the violence of drug trafficking (both enemies of the Sinaloa cartel), Yesterday in the court chaired by Judge Brian Cogan, García Luna was kidnapped in Morelos by Arturo Beltrán Leyva, when he was already secretary of public security “because he did not answer his calls.”
It is, once again, unbelievable. What we do know happened, and at that time we published it in this space, was that the Beltrán Leyva kidnapped a group of García Luna’s guards while he was visiting his mother in Cuernavaca. The guards, including two women, were brutally beaten by the hitmen. There was never any record of the security secretary being kidnapped.
In the same way, as El Grande acknowledges, he was responsible for ambushing and murdering the Federal Police commissioner, Edgar Millán, in October 2008, inside his own home. Millán was one of the men closest to García Luna. A few days before his murder, I had to cover a series of operations against the Zetas accompanied by the then commissioner. During the days before the assassination of Millán, one of the best police officers in the country, three other Federal Police commanders were assassinated in Sinaloa.
By that date and for some time, the war between the Beltrán Leyva and the Sinaloa cartel was open. Villareal says that after García Luna’s kidnapping in 2008 and despite the fact that he supposedly worked with those from Sinaloa, they continued to pay him a million and a half dollars a month. Who pays an official to work for his enemy while he is murdering his closest collaborators? Arturo Beltrán Leyva died in a very harsh confrontation in Cuernavaca a year later and months later Villareal was arrested, who from the beginning, in Mexico and then in the United States, offered to be a protected witness, changing his testimonies over and over again and involving all kinds of characters, inside and outside the world of drug trafficking.
Also yesterday, President López Obrador spoke about the trial, announced that the presidential spokesman, Jesús Ramírez, will make a daily report of the trial (?) and said that Mexico will try to recover 700 million dollars from García Luna who are in the United States. He reminded me of that statement by Donald Trump that Chapo Guzmán’s billions would pay for the wall.
The truth is that never, neither there nor here, was there any news of those billions from Chapo, but those 700 million dollars from García Luna do not exist either. They are talking about the properties and companies of the Weinberg family, who were partners with García Luna in Miami, after he left public service. Even the complaints from the FIU in Mexico about the former secretary are for contracts received, already outside the public service, in the six-year term of Peña Nieto.
Doubts and unanswered questions continue to accumulate, and we are just on day two of a trial that will last about eight weeks.
The other case in the US, that of Trevi
While the García Luna trial in Brooklyn occupies much of the public attention, in California and Texas other processes, but involving the singer Gloria Trevi, are also in the news.
In April 2009, the singer, her husband, Armando Gómez, and their son, Angel Treviño, sued television Azteca and the host of Ventaneando, Paty Chapoy, for having damaged their image by covering the notorious case of the Trevi-Andrade clan. They asked for 180 million dollars in compensation and, incidentally, a public apology.
At the end of last year, the Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth District of Texas, based in Corpus Christi-Edinburg, issued a ruling in favor of the appeal filed by Azteca, where it ruled that 90 percent of the accusations filed by Gloria Trevi They were rejected, as well as more than 75 percent of those stated by the singer’s son and all of the statements by Trevi’s husband. The judgment, with this, remains without foundation.
Almost simultaneously, in another US court, but in California, two women whose identity is withheld for security reasons, told Rolling Stone magazine that they had filed criminal charges against Gloria Trevi and Sergio Andrade for abuses committed in Los Angeles, when they they were 13 and 15 years old, arguing that the program led by the so-called Trevi-Andrade clan served as a cover for a network of young people who for years were exploited and sexually abused.
And for making a joke about that lawsuit, Trevi started another, but against comedian Chumel Torres, who simply replied that “the lady has two strong lawsuits in Los Angeles for adolescent abuse, I’m not making that up, it’s a fact…” . A fact as firm as the criminal scandal that involved the Trevi-Andrade clan from the 1990s until they were arrested in Brazil in the mid-2000s.