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Mexico Drug Kingpin Admits U.S. Funding

Mexico Drug Kingpin Admits U.S. Funding

Raw Story
September 1, 2010

A captured Mexican drug kingpin admitted to “investments” in Colombia and said he had received trailers full of dollars from the United States, in a first interrogation video released here.

US-born Edgar Valdez, alias “the Barbie” for his fair complexion, was captured this week, in a major coup for the Mexican government as it struggles to contain raging drug violence.

Valdez, 37, was a key lieutenant of Arturo Beltran-Leyva, who headed the Beltran-Leyva cartel and was Mexico’s third most wanted man until his December 2009 death in a military operation.

Mexican justice officials on Wednesday interrogated “the Barbie” and were set to decide whether he would be sent to the United States, where he has been indicted in several drug trafficking cases.

US and Mexican officials both offered some two million dollars for information leading to his arrest.

The broad-faced drug trafficker wiped sweat off his face as he replied to questions from a female voice in images released by the attorney general’s office late Tuesday.

He said his networks extended to Colombia and he received payments from the United States in dollars hidden in vehicle trailers.

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