Mexico says drug lord 'the Barbie' captured

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 31, 2010 05:09

MEXICO  CITY — US Federal police on Monday captured a Texas-born alleged drug kingpin who faces trafficking charges in the US and has been blamed for a vicious turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges and shootouts in central Mexico.

The arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie," was the culmination of a yearlong intelligence operation, the Public Safety Department said in a statement. The department said Valdez was captured Monday in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital of Mexico City, but did not offer any other details.

Valdez — the third major drug lord brought down by Mexico's security forces in less than a year — was charged in May in US District Court in Atlanta with distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern US from 2004 to 2006.


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