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Authorities capture leader of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel

February 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities capture leader of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel

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Authorities in Mexico have captured the leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa.

National Security Commissioner Renato Sales, announced the captured of Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, who is listed one of the 122 most-wanted criminals by the Mexican government, last Saturday.

“The lines of investigation indicate that after the arrest of Hector Beltran Leyva on Oct. 1, 2014, Hernandez-Garcia took command of the criminal organization,” Sales said.

Elements of the Army and Federal Police conducted an operation that led to the arrest of Hernandez Garcia in the city of Guasave.

Authorities also nabbed his brother, Jose Manuel Hernandez Garcia who is a top cartel associate. The capture raises the number of most-wanted criminals arrested by the government, to 99 Sales said.

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The Beltran Leyva brothers cartel led by Arturo Beltran Leyva once worked as capos for the Sinaloa drug cartel.

After accusing Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of betrayal in the arrest of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, the brothers formed their own organization in a violent split from the Sinaloa cartel in 2008 and formed alliances with El Chapo’s bitter rivals the Zetas and Gulf Cartels.

However, the group has been severely weakened due to the arrests and deaths of the cartel’s top members.

Beltran Leyva died back in Dec. of 2009 during a shootout with Mexican marines at a luxury condo in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state.

Mexican forces captured his brother Carlos Beltran Leyva in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, where he was going by the alias of Carlos Gamez.

Although Hector Beltran Leyva outfought Texas-born drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal aka “La Barbie” for control of the organization, he was captured by security forces in 2014.

“La Barbie,” was subsequently arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010, and extradited to the U.S. in Sept 2015, where he pled guilty to a litany of drug trafficking charges in Atlanta Federal Court in early January.

One of the few capos remaining for the Beltran Leyva Cartel is Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, known as El Chapo Isidro, who has outfought factions of the Sinaloa cartel in the past for control of open territories in Baja California Sur.

U.S. and Mexican say “El Chapo” Isidro remains one of the most feared figures in the Mexican organized crime landscape.

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