A man born in Texas who rose to the very top of the drug-trafficking food chain in Mexico, has been sentenced to 50-years in prison and ordered to forfeit over $192 million.
The Guardian (@guardian) reported, Edgar Valdez Villarreal a.k.a. “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on Monday. He was also ordered to forfeit over $192 million. The feds estimate of the value of the cocaine Barbie trafficked into the US.
Valdez was accused of bringing truckloads of coke into the US from Mexico. And bringing truckloads of money into Mexico that came from the US.
Valdez was arrested in Mexico in 2010. In September of 2015 Valdez was extradited to the United States along with 13 co-defendants. Valdez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges in January of 2016.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Mexico border. Valdez was a middle class kid whose father was a nightclub owner. Valdez started selling drugs as a low-level street dealer when he was still in high school. He ended up rising to the top of the ranks in the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) during the era when the gang’s leaders were associated with Juan “El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to prosecutors.