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Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva sentenced to life in prison

April 5, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva sentenced to life in prison

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Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva, also known as ‘El Mochomo’ was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

Beltran Leyva appeared before Richard J. Leon in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia, where he was handed life in prison for leading a transnational drug trafficking organization, the Beltran Leyva Cartel (BLO)

‘El Mochomo’ pleaded guilty to a global conspiracy to traffic cocaine and methamphetamines into the United States back in February 2016.

According to the indictment for three decades Beltran Leyva’s drug trafficking network made billions of dollars of illicit proceeds by organizing multi-tons quantities of narcotics obtained from suppliers South America and shipped to the United States.

Alfredo Beltran-Leyva was sentenced to life in prison  on Wednesday in D.C. Federal Court for his role in a massive drug trafficking conspiracy

Prosecutors alleged Alfredo Beltran Leyva maintained control over the lucrative operation, by committing acts of violence including countless murders, kidnappings, and torture in Mexico and the U.S. in furtherance of his criminal enterprise.

His defense team had argued for a sentence of 25 years in prison, that would have included crediting time served during the nearly seven years he was detained in Mexico, before his extradition.

It would have allowed the 46-year-old Beltrán Leyva to walk out of prison at the age of 62 or possibly earlier when counting good behavior as a factor.

Appearing before the judge in his prison khakis, a contrite Beltran Leyva addressed the court in Spanish during Wednesday’s hearing.

“I ask forgiveness for the behavior that brought me here, And I apologize to God — the highest authority — and to my children… I ask you to have mercy on me and let me one day return to my family,” Beltran Leyva said.

However, the judge told the convicted drug lord he was responsible for trafficking 27 tons of drugs into the United States.

Most of the BLO top leadership have either been killed or arrested

“To my knowledge, I have not seen a case of this magnitude,” Leon said during the proceeding.

“You have come to the end of a long road, a long road that is filled with violence,” Leon told Beltran Leyva. “There is no question about the seriousness of your conduct here.”

The cartel leader was scheduled to be sentenced in last July, but the hearing was unexpectedly postponed.

The drug trafficker, together with his brothers Arturo, Mario, Carlos and Hector, formed the Beltran Leyva drug trafficking organization, a one-time powerful faction of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel.

Alfredo Beltran Leyva was arrested in 2008 by the Mexican military in Culiacan, Sinaloa and later extradited to the United States in 2014.

Prosecutors argued for a life prison sentence and a $10 million dollar fine.

Alfredo Beltrán Leyva is married to a cousin of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the recently extradited leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Arturo Beltran Leyva

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia indicted the drug kingpin for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in the United States between 2000 and 2012.

Prosecutors said ‘El Mochomo’ oversaw the financing and coordinated the transfer of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and destined for the United States.

The indictment also accused Beltran-Leyva of trafficking massive quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana into the U.S.

In his guilty plea last year, Alfredo Beltran Leyva admitted to having a role in the conspiracy but maintained it was his late brother, who led the cartel.

“I helped my brother (Arturo) and conspired with my brother.”

Following ‘El Mochomo’s’ detention, the BLO weakened considerably after suffering successive blows, which included the 2009 death of the group’s top leader, Arturo Beltrán, ‘El Barbas,’ who was killed during a shootout with the Mexican military.

In October 2014, Arturo’s successor, Héctor Beltrán, was captured in Mexico.

After the arrest, his brothers accused ‘El Chapo’ of having tipped off authorities with information on ‘El Mochomo’s’ whereabouts culminating in his arrest on January 21, 2008.

The capture ultimately generated a fracture within the Sinaloa Federation, sparking a brutal turf war for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

The split prompted the Beltrán brothers to enter into alliances with rival groups, such as the Los Zetas cartel.

Beltran-Leyva’s son Alfredo Beltran Guzman is believed to have been involved in the August 2016 kidnapping of ‘el Chapo’s two sons

Over the past year, the BLO has experienced a resurgence with the capture of El Chapo in 2016 especially in Sinaloa and along the Pacific coast, where both cartels are disputing territories.

‘El Mochomo’s’ son, Alfredo Beltrán Guzman, aka ‘El Mochomito,’ was arrested in December after being named as one of the collaborators in the August 2016 kidnapping of El Chapo’s two children from  a restaurant in the resort city of Puerta Vallarta.

Other senior cartel figures either are awaiting trial or sentencing in the United States, including El Chapo, who is awaiting trial on a 17-count indictment charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise, and Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of another Sinaloa cartel leader, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

Some have speculated whether Alfredo Beltran Leyva would opt to cooperate with U.S. authorities against Guzman in exchange for a lighter sentence.

As for Zambada Niebla, who oversaw logistics for the Sinaloa criminal organization, he pleaded guilty and is believed to have become the highest ranking figure ever to cooperate for the U.S. government.

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