A Mexican judge has ordered a US-born suspected drug lord known as "La Barbie" held for 40 days pending an investigation into organized crime and other charges.
The Attorney General's Office says Edgar Valdez Villarreal will be held at federal police headquarters while prosecutors decide whether to formally charge him.
Mexican authorities are also trying to decide whether to try Valdez in Mexico or deport him to the United States, where he faces cocaine charges in three different states.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, and has been living illegally in Mexico.
The Attorney General's Office announced the judge's decision in a statement Saturday. Valdez was captured Monday following a yearlong investigation.
Published at 12:58 PM CDT on Sep 4, 2010 | Updated at 1:00 PM CDT on Sep 4, 2010
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