Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who is known as "La Barbie," was charged Friday along with five other people. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $2 million for his capture.
“This indictment shows that we are not content simply to arrest and prosecute those in our district who work on behalf of the Mexican cartels to bring cocaine into the United States," United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. "We are committed to tracing the drugs back to the cartel leaders themselves, and we look forward to the opportunity to prosecute the sources of this cocaine in federal court in Atlanta.”
Prosecutors say Villarreal has become one of Mexico's most elusive drug suspects. Federal authorities say he is battling for control of a powerful Mexican drug cartel.
Mexican authorities have found decapitated and mangled bodies this year which they believe are victims of the fight between the two.
“This case strikes directly at the core of Mexican drug cartel leadership. DEA targets the highest level of drug trafficking organizations in an effort to dismantle their criminal networks," said Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division.