Mexican Cartel Leader Edgar Valdez-Villareal, A/K/A “La Barbie,” Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

Atlanta – Edgar Valdez-Villareal, a/k/a La Barbie, who was born in the United States and rose to be a high-level leader of Mexico’s Beltran-Leyva Cartel, has pleaded guilty to charges of cocaine importation and distribution, and money laundering.

“Valdez’s conviction is a victory for the people in both the United States and Mexico whose lives were affected by his cocaine trafficking, through drug addiction and community decay or through the violence and corruption associated with the cartel’s daily business,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn.  “Valdez stands as a prime example of the Mexican cartels’ influence over the U.S. drug trade, as truckload after truckload of his cocaine traveled across the border to Atlanta for further transport to cities throughout the eastern United States.  We are grateful for the cooperation of the Mexican government in securing Valdez’s arrest and extradition to Atlanta to face these charges.”