Judge Orders La Barbie to be Held in Mexico

Saturday, Sep 4, 2010  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Judge Orders La Barbie to be Held in Mexico

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Texas-born fugitive Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie," center, is presented to the press in Mexico City, Tuesday Aug. 31, 2010. Valdez, who was captured on Monday by federal police, faces drug trafficking charges in the U.S. and is blamed in Mexico for a brutal turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges, decapitations and shootouts as he and a rival fought for control of the divided Beltran Leyva cartel. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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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.

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