Friday, September 17, 2010
El Grande: Another Big Shot
The arrest of Sergio "El Grande" Villarreal, who was someone always whispered about in Torreón, was another big scalp in for Calderón and co. It's striking how the government caught very few top-level people in Calderón's first three years, and now, in the past year, La Barbie turned himself in, Nacho Coronel was killed, Teo García was arrested, Sergio Villarreal was arrested, and Arturo Beltrán was killed. Quite a stark shift. This doesn't, however, seem to have brought about any big change in the willingness and capacity of organized crime to kill people, though of course a shift like that wouldn't probably be evident in a single year.