Famous cartel hitman vanishes from US jail system confounding Mexico; despite not being eligible for release until 2056, an infamous drug cartel boss and hitman who is suspected of torturing and beheading hundreds of victims has disappeared from the federal prison database.
On the Bureau of Prisons website, 49-year-old Edgar Valdez-Villareal, also known as “La Barbie,” is described as “not in BOP custody.” Although the BOP frequently classifies prisoners as “free” when they have been transferred to the custody of another organization, Valdez-Villareal was allegedly released on November 27.
However, this week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador demanded clarification regarding the missing criminal. During a press conference, he was questioned by journalists regarding the whereabouts of the cartel boss.
Obrador told reporters, “We want to know where Mr. Villareal is because what is happening in the United States with him—who is no longer listed among those in custody—is very unusual. “He was sentenced to many years in prison; there is no reason for him to be released unless there was some arrangement.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the BOP for comment, but they did not respond immediately. However, a spokesman told the New York Post that they do not comment on prisoner transfers.
For safety, security, and privacy reasons, the spokesman stated to the outlet, “We do not provide specific information on the status of inmates who are not in the custody of the BOP.”
According to the Post, Texas-born Valdez-high-school Villareal’s football coach gave him the moniker “Kendall” because he thought his blue eyes gave him a doll-like appearance.
The young man worked for several drug organizations before joining the Sinaloa cartel led by El Chapo. He immediately became involved in organized crime. At that point, he was well known for decapitating and torturing his victims while frequently filming the atrocities.
He was eventually apprehended following a shootout with Mexican police in 2010, which resulted in his extradition to the United States.