Narcotic lord ‘La Barbie’ sentenced to 49 years in federal prison


( CNN) A Texan who ascended the ranks of one of Mexico’s most ruthless drug cartels was sentenced Monday to 49 years and one month in prison and fined $192,000, the Justice Department says.

A 49 -year federal prison term likely entails the 44 -year-old Valdez-Villareal will expend the rest of his life incarcerated. If he’s alive at the end of his sentence, he will serve 10 years of probation, the Justice Department said.

“Valdez-Villareal imported tons of cocaine into the U.S. while ruthlessly working his style up the ranks of one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels, leaving in his wake countless lives destroyed by narcotics and violence, ” US Attorney Byung Pak said in a statement. “The highest levels of Mexican drug cartel should know that, like La Barbie, they will be held accountable for their crimes.”

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