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.
The United States may very well be at the beginning of a trade war with multiple countries. A trade war that will likely get worse before it even looks like it wants to get any better. A trade war that will likely have a drastic impact on some of the products every day Americans go to the store to buy daily.
BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) reports, Donald Trump will level steel and aluminum tariffs on three of the United States’ closest trading partners at midnight on Thursday, overruling his own party and stoking fears of a trade war.
American consumers will almost certainly be hit with higher prices due to the tariffs. Some major industries are already warning of mass layoffs due to the increased costs and retaliation from trading partners.
Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross announced today that the exemptions that had been placed on Canada, Mexico, and the EU that excluded them from United States tariffs until March, would now take place at midnight on Thursday. Mexico has already announced counter-tariffs on the United States. They will target American steel as well as food items like pork, sausage, apples, grapes, blueberries, and cheese. The EU has also said that it has “no choice” but to impose counter-measures against the United States. Canada has not yet said what its counter-measures will be, but an announcement is expected as early as Thursday afternoon.
The last president to attempt steel tariffs was George W. bush, back in 2002. He abandoned the thought a year later because the cost, from increased prices and job losses in related industries, outweighed the benefit to the steel industry.
Former NFL quaterback and hall of famer, Warren Moon is being accused of sexual harassment by a female executive assistant.
Yahoo News (@YahooNews) reports, 32 year-old executive assistant, Wendy Haskall who has traveled with the former QB since being hired by his firm in July, accuses Moon of forcing her to sleep in his bed while wearing thong underwear on business trips, grabbing her crotch during a trip to Seattle, and drugging her before taking off her bathing suit during an October trip to Mexico. Haskall says that she was demoted by the firm in October after filing a complaint about Moon’s behavior. Haskall has filed a lawsuit in California court seeking unspecified damages.
In a scene reminiscent of something out of one of those Mexican-drug lord Narcos-type shows on Netflix, the leader of a Mexican fuel-theft gang was shot to death at a hospital where he was undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance, authorities said Thursday. Puebla State prosecutors said Jesus Martin, a woman, and two other men were killed at the hospital, apparently by members of his own gang.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, the killing comes amid an upsurge in bloodshed involving pipeline thieves in the state, where at least 16 people have been slain this week in apparent disputes between gangs. The most recent killings claimed four victims on a rural road Tuesday in Palmar de Bravo, a township known as a center for fuel thieves. Fuel thieves drill an average of 28 illegal pipeline taps every day in Mexico. Authorities say the war between thieves broke out because of a recent crackdown that has made it harder for the gangs to steal fuel.
The main suspect in Martin’s killing has also been implicated in the slayings of five people in the town of Tlaltenango, in a vacant lot that apparently served as a base for fuel thieves, officials said. Prosecutors said that Martin a.k.a “El Kalimba” had tried to have his fingerprints removed and that doctors at the hospital in the state capital were being investigated for possible complicity.