Alleged ‘Barbie’ Associate Facing Charges in Costa Rica

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In an illustration of the reach of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an associate of Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, is facing trial in Costa Rica for drug trafficking, according to a report by La Nación newspaper. Walberto Salazar Cuero, alias Guavita, is the owner of a small fishing fleet. He allegedly helped Valdez move upwards of three tons of cocaine per month along the Pacific Coast. The cocaine is thought to come from the 30th Front Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) guerrilla group.

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