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Mexican authorities arrest young cartel prince Alfredo Beltrán-Guzman alias ‘El Mochomito’

December 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest young cartel prince Alfredo Beltrán-Guzman  alias ‘El Mochomito’

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Authorities in Mexico have confirmed the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán-Guzman ‘El Mochomito’ or ‘Little Desert Ant.’ He is the eldest son of imprisoned boss of the Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO) Alfredo Beltran-Leyva, also known as “El Mochomo” (The Desert Ant) and nephew of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Law enforcement officials say Guzman-Beltrán is believed to be one of the key players behind a violent turf war that has raged in the state of Sinaloa.

Sources within the National Safety Commission (CNS) confirmed the arrest Alfredo Guzman Beltrán to El Universal.

According to the Mexican news publication, an investigation by an elite group of Federal Police led the arrest of the Beltrán after months of intelligence work ordered by the CNS commissioner Renato Sales Heredia.

Cabinet officials National Security confirmed that the arrest came after an operation in Ciudad Granja of that municipality.

‘El Mochomito’ is considered one of the leaders of the Beltran Leyva cartel, the hated enemy of the Sinaloa cartel.

Federal authorities said the capture is a blow to the criminal group responsible for a wave of violence in Mexico.

Reports indicate Betrán Guzman was arrested in a barbershop, with his personal escort, composed of four people, before they could make use of their firearms.

In a Twitter post said Mexican government officials would make an announcement on the detention in the coming hours, El Debate reported.

“El Mochomito” is the grandson of Ernesto Guzman Hidalgo, who is half brother of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera.

“Chapo Guzman,” his father, and uncles Alfredo and Hector Beltran-Leyva started off in the drug trade together working as a faction of the Sinaloa Federation.

Mexican authorities arrested Alfredo Beltran-Leyva in 2008 and extradited him to the United States in November 2014, where he was subject to a drug trafficking criminal indictment in the District Court of Columbia.


Beltran-Leyva would end up pleading guilty charges back in July listed in the indictment.

The remaining Beltran-Leyva brothers accused Guzman of providing authorities information that led to El Mochomo’s capture leading to a violent split from the Sinaloa cartel, igniting a fierce turf war for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

Authorities have indicated that Beltran Jr., along with remnants of the BLO, entered into an alliance with the upstart Jalisco New Generation cartel and legendary drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, to mount a violent challenge for control of drug trafficking territories in Mexico’s “Golden Triangle” which includes the states of Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and Durango against the Sinaloa cartel.

The younger Beltran is also believed to be responsible for an attack by gunmen on the home of El Chapo’s mother back in June in the town of La Tuna, located in the municipality of Badiraguato, Sinaloa.

Alfonso Duarte Mugica, commander of Mexico’s Third Military Unit said at a press conference back in June that  “Beltran-Guzman directly instigated” the attacks on the hometown of Joaquin Guzman.

Additionally, authorities suspect Beltrán Guzman had involvement in the August kidnapping of his cousins Ivan Archivaldo and Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the sons of “El Chapo” from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

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