Sergio Villareal Barragan

Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán
, a.k.a. El Grande, (b. September 21, 1969), is a Mexican federal police officer who then worked as a lieutenant for Héctor Beltrán Leyva of the criminal organization called The Beltrán-Leyva Cartel. He got his name El Grande ("The Big One") because he is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall.


Villarreal Barragán was born in Torreón, Coahuila on 21 September 1969. He began his criminal career as a car thief in the state of Coahuila, and in 1990 at age 21, he was admitted to the Coahuila Judicial Police force. Several years later, he was admitted to the Federal Police, which is led by the office Attorney General of Mexico and was stationed at Nuevo Laredo. Villarreal Barragán was then stationed at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, where he worked until 1996, when he established a business relationship with The Juarez Cartel. Between the years 2007 and 2010, Villarreal Barragán left the Juárez organization to work along with The Gulf Cartel and for The Los Zetas Organization, but later incorporated into The Sinaloa Cartel, commanding a criminal cell of The Beltrán-Leyva Cartel.

Beltrán Leyva CartelEdit

Allegedly, he was hired by The Beltrán-Leyva Cartel and by 2007 he rose to the rank of lieutenant for Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Following Arturo's death in December 2009 during a shootout with Marines, infighting broke out for the control of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. One faction is led by lieutenants Édgar Valdez Villarreal and Gerardo Alvarez-Vazquez, while the other is led by the current cartel leader Héctor Beltrán Leyva and his 'enforcer' lieutenant, Sergio Villarreal Barragán.

Bounty and arrestEdit

On September 12, 2010 he was arrested in a raid by Mexican Marines in the central state of Puebla. Villarreal has been charged with multiple murders and other crimes. The Mexican government had been offering a $30 million pesos ($2.5 million USD) bounty for information leading to Villarreal's capture.

Villarreal Barragán was extradited to the United States on 23 May 2012, and may possibly serve as a "protected witness" for the DEA.

Personal lifeEdit

Villarreal Barragán is married to Gabriela Benavides Tamez and has a brother named Adolfo Villarreal Barragán