Mexican police capture reputed drug kingpin ‘The Barbie’

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon says police have captured one of his country's most-wanted criminals and will hunt down the rest of his gang.

Authorities paraded the Texas-born fugitive known as “The Barbie” before reporters today, along with four other people described as his inner security circle. Edgar Valdez Villarreal grinned as police described his high-flying and violent life

Valdez is wanted in the U.S. for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine. In Mexico, he's blamed for a brutal turf war for control of a cartel that has seen shootouts, decapitations and bodies hung from bridges.

Mexico's Federal Police Commissioner says the arrest of several allies and tips from U.S. intelligence helped authorities track Valdez down outside Mexico City yesterday. The U.S. State Department says Valdez headed a group of assassins for the Beltran Leyva gang and is “the person most responsible” for spreading drug violence into central and southern Mexico.

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