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American-born drug lord “La Barbie” set to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges

January 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
American-born drug lord “La Barbie” set to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges Edgar Valdez Villarreal Cartel: Beltran Leyva

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CNN is reporting that Edgar Valdez Villareal, aka “La Barbie, the American-born drug lord will  agree to plead guilty in federal court.

His lawyer, Wilmer “Buddy” Parker confirmed the news in an interview with CNN that the Laredo, Texas native will enter a guilty plea this week to federal charges.

Valdez, who climbed the ranks to become a top capo with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, is expected to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, attempt to import or export cocaine, and money laundering.

U.S. prosecutors say Valdez was involved in a 2005 smuggling operation that saw the trafficking of over 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of cocaine from Mexico over the U.S. border into Laredo, Texas.

Parker maintained that Valdez has not cooperated with Federal authorities, but he didn’t know the length of the prison sentence he will receive.

“La Barbie” was the name given to him by his high school football coach because to his light complexion and light eyes. He began working for fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. However,  a violent split would see him jump ship over to the Beltran Leyva brothers.

After the Mexican military had killed Arturo Beltran Leyva in 2009 and the arrest his brother Carlos, Valdez fought a losing war for control of the cartel aginst the remaining brother Hector Beltran Leyva.

Valdez’s 2010 arrest was highly touted by the Mexican government as a major victory against the cartels.

La Barbie spread fear in Mexico, with his notorious reputation for horrific violence, such videotaping the interrogation and executions of his rivals, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Following his arrest, the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico (PGR) published a video of La Barbie admitting to overseeing lucrative drug routes stretching from Panama to the United States.

In September, just wo months after the embarrassing prison escape of “Chapo” Guzman from a maximum security prison in July, the Mexican government extradited Valdez to the U.S.

The escape prompted widespread criticism of Mexico’s ability to handle high-profile criminals, with some pointing to issues with corruption and the power wielded by drug cartels in the country.

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