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Federal judge sets trial date of Beltran Leyva boss for Feb 16

February 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge sets trial date of Beltran Leyva boss for Feb 16

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Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Leon has set the trial date for top cartel kingpin Alfredo Beltran Leyva aka ‘El Mochomo’, for February, 16th at 10 A.M. in Washington D.C.

Beltran-Leyva was arrested with $900,000 in his possession by the Mexican military back in 2008. He was subsequently extradited to the United States in Nov. of 2014 to face an indictment out of the District Court of Washington D.C.

In the indictment, U.S. Prosecutors charge Beltran-Leyva with directing a transnational drug trafficking organization responsible for the smuggling of multi-ton quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana from South America and Mexico into the United States.

The trial will include testimony by high-level Sinaloa cartel operatives.

The list of witnesses expected to testify during trial include the sons of ” El Mayo” Serafin and Vincente Zambada, along with the cartel leader’s brother Jesus Zambada Garcia (El Rey) and top operative José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa also known as “El Chino Antrax.”

All of the witnesses who were extradited to the U.S. have agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in exchange for reduced sentences.

Jesus Zambada was considered one of the top leaders of the Sinaloa cartel along with his brother and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The Mexican government extradited El Rey back in 2012.

Vincente Zambada Niebla cooperated with U.S. authorities after his extradition in 2010. DEA officials say information provided by Zambada has lead to the capture of some of the top cartel leaders wanted by the U.S. and Mexican governments.

Authorities have removed the four witnesses from the Bureau of Prisons database, and placed in the federal witness protection program.

The Beltrán Leyva Organization, (BLO) started off as part of the Sinaloa cartel led by the four Beltrán Leyva brothers, Alfredo, Arturo, Hector, and Carlos, all of whom were close associates of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

However, following the capture of ‘El Mochomo,’ his brothers accused Chapo Guzman of tipping off authorities resulting in his arrest, which led to a violent split between the Beltran-Leyva brothers and the Sinaloa cartel.

The two cartels engaged in a bloody war for control of smuggling routes throughout Mexico.

Arturo Beltran-Leyva, the boss of the BLO, died on Dec. 16th, 2009 during a shootout with the Mexican Marines at an apartment complex in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos.

His top lieutenant Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as La Barbie, who is a Texas native, is believed to have provided the military with information that helped lead to his whereabouts.

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