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Drug Cartel Kingpin Is Extradited To The U.S.

November 20, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The alleged leader of one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels, responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S., appeared in a federal U.S. courtroom Monday following his extradition from Mexico last weekend.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said Alfredo Beltran Leyva and the Beltrán Leyva Cartel distributed massive amounts of dangerous narcotics and “engaged in a campaign of violence that sparked drug wars and jeopardized public safety across North America.”

Until his 2008 arrest, according law enforcement agencies, Beltran Leyva allegedly help lead the cartel with his brothers, Hector Beltran Leyva and Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Arturo was killed in a 2009 shootout with the Mexican army.

The arrest, led the brothers to accuse Sinaloa Cartel head, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of setting up Leyva, prompting a bloody war between the two powerful cartels, which resulted in the thousands of dead bodies being sprawled out across Mexico.

“Today’s extradition of alleged kingpin Alfredo Beltran Leyva is an important step toward stamping out an organization that has ruined the lives of so many,” Caldwell said.

Beltran Leyva, 43,was first indicted in 2012, he is charged with an international narcotics trafficking conspiracy related to his alleged leadership in the cartel that takes the name of his family.

For two decades the Beltran Leyva cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel operated a massive a drug trafficking network importing “multi-ton quantities” of cocaine from South America, through Central America and Mexico, all destined for the U.S., whether it be by land, air and sea.

The cartel had a multitude of hitmen on their payroll, responsible for hundreds of acts of violence, including murder, kidnapping and tortures acting on the orders of the group’s leaders.

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