La Barbie Captured: Edgar Valdez Villarreal Caught After Shootout
The American-Born Drug Kinpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal, 'La Barbie', Was Captured on Monday
The high profile criminal was paraded in front of the media on Tuesday morning after he was caught on Monday after a shootout with Mexican police. La Barbie is considered one of the most 'ruthless drug traffickers' in the whole of Mexico.
"The capture of Valdez Villarreal is a high-impact blow against organized crime," said Alejandro Poire, a spokesman for Mexico's president on security issues. "This is an important step in the national security strategy."
He is thought to be responsible for about a ton of cocaine being trafficked into the United States each month, and police also seized guns and ammunition.
Edgar Valdez Villarreal was arrested along with six other people who are thought to have helped Villarreal with his operation. The six were named as Maricela Reyes Lozada, 40, Juan Antonio Lopez Reyes, 26, Maritzel Lopez Reyes, 18, Mauricio Lopez Reyes, 25, Arturo Ivan Arroyo, 26 and Jorge Valentin Landa Coronado, 28 as reported by CNN.
Villarreal gets his nickname 'La Barbie' from his blue eyes and light skin and he used to be a lieutenant of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, who was one of Mexico's most wanted men. He is thought to be the first American-born cartel leader in Mexico.