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Mexico charges US-born drug suspect 'La Barbie'

Mexican authorities have filed a formal charges against alleged drug kingpin Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villareal, and they also say he might be extradited to the United States.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mexican authorities have filed a formal charges against alleged drug kingpin Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villareal, and they also say he might be extradited to the United States.

The Mexican Attorney General's Organized Crime Unit says Valdez faces charges including drug trafficking, kidnapping and arms possession. He had been held pending charges since his Aug. 30 arrest.

The attorney general's office said Saturday the Texas-born Valdez also now faces a formal extradition process based on a U.S. warrant.

Valdez is believed to be behind a bloody battle for control of the Beltran Leyva gang after marines killed its leader in late 2009.