In a recent press conference and presentation Mexico‘s Federal Police announced the capture of Victor Manuel Rivera Galeana, “Victor El Gordo“, a co-founder and top operator of the La Barredora criminal organization.
La Barredora and CIDA (Cartel Indpendiente de Acapulco) are the two ultra-violent, local criminal organizations locked in a vicious battle for control of the retail drug market, extortion and kidnapping in Acapulco, Guerrero, one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations and now one of the country’s bloodiest cities.
Rivera Galeana, 35 years old and a native of Acapulco, was captured in Edomex (the state of Mexico that borders Mexico City).
This is the second arrest of a top La Barredora operator within the past month. Christian Hernández Tarín, “El Chris”, another co-founder of La Barredora, was arrested on the 18th of October.
Jair Sosa Carbajal, “El Cremas”, the third co-founder and leader of La Barredora, remains at large.
La Barredora is thought to be largely responsible for the extortion and kidnapping threats to Acapulco’s school teachers that have paralyzed the city’s schools.
La Barredora was originally a faction of CIDA that broke away in late 2010. Both gangs are composed of drug dealers and sicarios from cells once loyal to both Sergio Villarreal Barragan, “El Grande” and Édgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie”, former top lieutenants in the Beltran Leyva Organization.
Acapulco, a city of aproximately 800,000 inhabitants, has suffered 746 murders from January to the end of August, 2011, according to figures released by the Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (SNSP), a federal government agency responsible for the coordination of law enforcement policy.
- top leaders of Mexico’s La Barredora drug cartel Captured! (peavyblack.com)