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Latino Daily News

Sunday November 21, 2010

US Authorities Pressing to have Texas Born “La Barbie” Extradited

A federal judge in Mexico has lifted an apprehension order and is allowing the extradition process to move forward against Edgar Valdez Villarreal, one of the principal leaders in the Beltran Leyva cartel who was captured on 8/30/10.

Valdez Villarreal is accused of several crimes he committed during his criminal career; the charges include murder, kidnapping, several weapons violations, and the purchase, transporting and sale of large quantities of cocaine and other illicit substances.  La Barbie is recognized as an important figure in the world of narcotraffickers.

Born in Laredo, Texas, the 37-year-old was dubbed “The Barbie” because of his blond hair and blue eyes; he allegedly used brutal tactics to wipe out rivals as he fought to control the drug cartel in central Mexico.

The state of Louisiana, has several indictments against him for distributing cocaine, it is likely he will be sent to stand trial there.

The U.S. government has been pressing hard for the extradition of Valdez Villarreal. A federal court in Louisiana had issued an arrest warrant against la Barbie for involvement in the distribution of 5 kilos of cocaine, a charge he was already facing Mexico City.

Although Mexican law states that the accused should first be tried and sentenced in Mexico, La Barbie could be handed over to U.S. authorities at any time. This has happened before with high profile capos, but at the moment he is still in the hands of Mexican authorities.