Sunday, January 3, 2010

Beltran Leyva's Drug Cartel Second In Command Arrested

Carlos Beltran Leyva

200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin worth $40 Billion have been imported from South America via Mexico to the U.S. by drug cartels

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 3, 2010

Mexico -Mexican federal police have confirmed that Carlos Beltran Leyva, 40, an alleged drug lord in the State of Sinaloa had been arrested in Cultacan the capitol city of Sinaloa on December 30. Carlos aka Carlos Gamez Orpineda was sought by Mexican police in connection and operating the Betran Leyva drug cartel. A tip from someone who saw an armed man in the Canadas neighborhood in Culiacan led federal police to Carlos arrest.
A federal judge in Mexico ordered Carlos detained without bail for 40 days until federal prosecutors prepare their criminal case against the reputed drug lord.
On Sunday, the Attorney General's Office released a statement saying they are currently preparing a case against Mr. Carlos Beltran Leyva accused of organized crime, llegal arms possession, and using illicit funds. Prosecutors now have 40 days to charge Carlos.
On December 16, his brother Arturo Beltran Leyva was gunned down and killed in a two-hour shoot out in Cuernavaca with federal police and special Mexican Marine Security forces. One Marine was reported killed. Mexican authorities gave credit to intelligence information provided by the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) on the whereabouts of Arturo.
As a revenge killing, gang members of La Zeta and local police were involved in killing the mother and three family members of the only Marine Angulo Cordóva who was killed in the shoot out with Arturo and his body guards. Cordóva was declared a hero by President Felipe Calderon.
Mexican federal police later arrested Julio Acosta Saucedo, Yesenia Hernandez Valencia, Azael Jesus Garcia Reyes, and Julio Acosta Vargas in connection with killing Cordóva's family just hours after his funeral, said Rafael Gonzalez Lastra, Attorney General for the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. Two other suspects are being sought and believed to be the shooters who killed Cordóva's family.
The USDEA and Mexican authorities say that the Beltran Leyva brothers had worked along side with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the druglord of the Sinaloa Cartel before breaking away in recent years and began operating their own drug cartel enterprise in northeastern Mexico.

Wanted Mario Beltran Leyva, $2 Million reward

Mexican authorities are now seeking both Mario Beltran Leyva and Hector Beltran Leyva, the new alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel and a $2 million reward for each has been offered for their capture. Another brother, Alfredo Beltran Leyva was arrested in January 2008.
The Sinaloa, Betran Leyva and other drug cartels in Mexico are responsible for importing into the U.S.A. and distributing 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990-2008 worth $40 Billion, according to the USDEA.
Since 2007, about 15,000 victims have been killed in connection to the drug violence in Mexico.

Wanted Hector Beltran Leyva, $2 Million reward

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