Edgar Valdez

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'Barbie': How a Suburbanite Became a Vicious Killer

Brother says drug lord chose a life of crime

(Newser) - Don’t blame Edgar “Barbie” Valdez’s upbringing for turning him to a life of crime. The linebacker-turned-drug lord came from an affluent Texas suburb, and his father constantly urged him to go to college. Instead, he joined a group of drug smugglers straight out of high school. “... More »

Texan 'Barbie' Went From Linebacker to Drug Lord

Valdez rose through ranks of Sinaloa cartel

(Newser) - Mexican police displayed captured drug kingpin Edgar 'Barbie' Valdez to the media yesterday and offered details on how the American rose through the ranks of its country's drug underworld. Valdez—born into a middle-class family in Laredo, Texas—was a standout high school football player and petty street dealer, but... More »

Drug Kingpin 'Barbie' Captured

Texas-born trafficker Edgar Valdez arrested in Mexico

(Newser) - Mexico says it has arrested the Texas-born drug kingpin Edgar Valdez. Valdez—known as "Barbie" because of his blond hair—is wanted in the US for distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine, the AP reports. Valdez had been battling for control of the Beltran Leyva cartel in central Mexico.... More »

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