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"La Barbie" Indicted in Georgia

Saturday, June 12, 2010 |

Feds post $2 million reward for alleged cartel kingpin 'La Barbie'

CNN

Atlanta, Georgia - Federal authorities have charged alleged drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villarreal -- known as "La Barbie" -- and five other defendants with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the United States between 2004 and 2006, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Friday.

Valdez-Villarreal, who remains at large, is alleged to be a top member of the Arturo Beltran-Leyva cocaine cartel.

Authorities have issued a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. He is currently believed to be in Mexico, a Justice Department statement noted.

"This indictment shows that we are not content simply to arrest and prosecute those in our district who work on behalf of the Mexican cartels to bring cocaine into the United States," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. "We are committed to tracing the drugs back to the cartel leaders themselves, and we look forward to the opportunity to prosecute the sources of this cocaine in federal court."

The indictment charges Valdez-Villarreal, 36, Carlos Montemayor, 37, Juan Montemayor, 45, Ruben Hernandez, 38, and Roberto Lopez, 31, with conspiring to import and distribute cocaine, as well as attempted money laundering.

The sixth defendant, Jesus Ramos, has already been arrested and arraigned in Atlanta, Georgia.

Evidence unveiled during an early 2008 trial in Atlanta showed that Valdez-Villarreal played a key role in shipping roughly 100 kilograms of cocaine across the border at Laredo, Texas, every week for much of 2005, the statement indicated. Several tractor trailer trucks were used to ship the cocaine to Atlanta, as well as to transport millions of dollars in cash back to Mexico.

Valdez-Villarreal, according to the U.S. State Department, was a member of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel until Arturo Beltran-Leyva broke off to form his own ring in 2008. Beltran-Leyva was killed in a shoot-out with Mexican officials in December 2009.

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3 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Call Blackwater Call Tripple Canopy Call Executive Outcome, The U S Govt is equally as Impotent as Mexico Politics has emasculated the ability of large awkward bloated Govt entities from doing anything but creating photo ops for the elected. If you get serious Drug test Every person in the US If dirty cut off there Govt tit benefits programs etc Then call in Professionals to Mexico and kill Every SOB involved Have Caldron create a professional law enforcment branch True officers not these idiots who have roamed all over Mx for the lsast 100 yrs Whatever ??

Anonymous said...

No need to worry the Texas Rangers are now on the case.

Anonymous said...

no shit.

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