A federal judge has lifted an apprehension order and is allowing the extradition process to move forward against Edgar Valdez Villarreal, one of the principal leaders in the Beltran Leyva cartel who was captured on 8/30/10.
This is all happening with the full knowledge and support from the PGR and SIEDO. During this process he has be transported to a maximum security facility called El Altiplano. Valdez Villarreal is accused of several crimes he committed during his criminal career; the charges include murder, kidnapping, several weapons violations, and the purchase, transportation and sale of large quantities of cocaine and other illicit substances.
The PGR has recognized La Barbie as an important figure in the world of narcotraffickers. In the U.S., the state of Louisiana has several indictments against him for distributing cocaine. It is likely he will be sent to stand trial there.
Although Mexican law states that the accused should first be tried and sentenced in Mexico, La Barbie could be handed over to U.S. authorities at any time. This has happened before with high profile capos, but at the moment he is still in the hands of Mexican authorities.
The U.S. government has been pressing hard for the extradition of Valdez Villarreal. A federal court in Louisiana had issued an arrest warrant against la Barbie for involvement in the distribution of 5 kilos of cocaine, a charge he was already facing Mexico City.
In conjunction with the higher court decision to release custody of Valdez Villarreal to the U.S., federal agents are seeking to have charges of aggravated kidnapping and cocaine distribution against him dropped in the state of Guerrero.