Drug Kingpin 'Barbie' Captured

Texas-born trafficker Edgar Valdez arrested in Mexico
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2010 2:14 AM CDT
Drug Kingpin 'Barbie' Captured
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie," is escorted by federal police officers in central Mexico after his arrest.   (AP Photo/Mexico's Public Safety Department)

Mexico says it has arrested the Texas-born drug kingpin Edgar Valdez. Valdez—known as "Barbie" because of his blond hair—is wanted in the US for distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine, the AP reports. Valdez had been battling for control of the Beltran Leyva cartel in central Mexico. Four headless bodies were found hanging from a bridge in Cuernavaca last week with a note warning that anybody who supported Valdez could expect the same fate.
(More Edgar Valdez stories.)

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