Mexican drug cartel leader ‘La Barbie’ gets nearly 50-year prison term

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ATLANTA (AP) — A former Texas high school football player who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to serve nearly 50 years in federal prison on drug and money laundering charges.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced Monday in Atlanta.

He was also ordered to forfeit $192,000.

Valdez was accused of bringing trucks full of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern United States and shipping millions of dollars in cash back to Mexico.

He was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and was among 13 people extradited to the U.S. in September 2015 to face charges.

He pleaded guilty in January 2016 to conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and conspiring to launder money.

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