Member of notorious Beltran-Layva cartel sentenced to 49 years in prison, ordered to pay $192 million

Source: Mexican Federal Police

A member of the notorious Beltran-Layva cocaine cartel was sentenced Monday on charges of importing huge shipments of drugs to the U.S. and laundering the money back to Mexico.

Edgar Valdez-Villarreal, a.k.a. “La Barbie,” was arrested in Mexico back in 2010 for crimes committed in Atlanta between 2004 and 2006. It's taken years to get him out of Mexico.

Valdez-Villarreal was sentenced to 49 years plus one month in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He has also been ordered to forfeit $192 million.

Villarreal and his partner Carlos Montemayor Gonzalez are accused of running a cartel and using Atlanta as their distribution hub.

"Valdez and Montemayor are charged with leading the efforts for a top Mexican cocaine cartel with sending drugs into the United States while funneling millions of dollars in cash back into Mexico,” said former U.S. Attorney John Horn in 2015. “Given Atlanta’s status as a distribution hub for the Mexican cartels, this case demonstrates our commitment to work internationally and include the cartels’ leadership in our cases.”

Prosecutors are asking a judge to send Villarreal to prison for 55 years.

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