Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 11, 2010

Question: Reports are indicating that Mexican-American Edgar Valdez “La Barbie” is battling for control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Is the U.S. working with the Mexican authorities to bring Valdez to justice? Are the authorities cooperating? Will we seek to have him brought back to the U.S.?

Answer: We cooperate with the Government of Mexico on a broad range of issues. Through our Merida Initiative assistance, we are working to disrupt the ability of drug trafficking organizations to operate, to strengthen security and justice sector institutions responsible for combating organized crime, to modernize our shared border to promote efficient and secure flows of goods and people, and to promote rule of law by strengthening communities and civil society.

For further details, we refer you to the Department of Justice.

PRN: 2010/785