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Drugs Kingpin “La Barbie” arrested in Mexico, will be extradited to U.S.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie,'' is arrested by police officers in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital, Mexico City. (AP Photo/Public safety department)

Federal police in Mexico today said they had captured an alleged drug gang kingpin who faces drug-trafficking charges in the US and has been blamed for a vicious turf war in central Mexico.

The announcement came just hours after the government revealed that almost 10% of the federal police force had been fired this year as part of a campaign to root out corruption.

The arrest of Texas-born Edgar Valdez Villarreal – alias “La Barbie” – was the culmination of a year-long intelligence operation, the public safety department said in a statement.

The department said Valdez had been captured in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital of Mexico City.

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