1/6/2016 The Guardian
A former Texas high school football player whom authorities say rose from petty street dealer to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel was responsible for sending truckloads of cocaine across the border for distribution in the eastern US, prosecutors said.
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, 42, is known as “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion. Mexican police have said they chased him across five Mexican states for a year before they captured him on a ranch outside Mexico City in August 2010. He was among 13 people extradited to the US in September to face charges.