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November 22nd, 2010
03:05 PM ET

Accused Mexican drug kingpin to be extradited to U.S.

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Program Note: Watch Gary Tuchman's report on "La Barbie" tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

CNN Wire Staff

Alleged cartel boss Edgar Valdez Villarreal - alias "La Barbie" - will be extradited to his native United States from Mexico, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office in Mexico City said Saturday.

Valdez was arrested in August and is thought to be one of Mexico's most ruthless drug traffickers. It was not immediately clear when he will be sent to the United States.

"La Barbie is in the federal prison in Mexico City, but, yes, the process of extradition has begun," said spokesman Isaac Fragoso. "Initially, it's the order of detention and apprehension. Ultimately, it's a judicial decision to see when he will be extradited."

Valdez, known as "La Barbie" because of his blue eyes and fair complexion, was a one-time top lieutenant of Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities say.

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