Kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva killed

Kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva killed

On December 16th, 2009 drug kingpin Arturo Beltran-Leyva was
killed by the Mexican Military. This incident took place at the luxury
condominium complex named "Altitude" in the city of Cuernavaca.
Over 200 members of the Mexican Navy participated in an operation
that resulted in the deaths of Beltran-Leyva and six of his
associates. One of these associates committed suicide as the over
2 hour firefight was taking place. Three navy members were injured
by grenades that had been thrown by the drug cartel members
during the battle. One of the soldiers was fatally wounded and died.
The Navy used helicopters and then had soldiers repell from the
roof. Soldiers on the ground also participated in the raid and other
soldiers went to other apartments in order to check identities of
peopl. Two women and a man were captured from the condo that
Arturo Beltran-Leyva was at. The women were identified as being
Catalina Castro-Lopez (44 years old) and Gabriela Vega-Perez (18
years old). The raid started at about 8 in the evening. The Navy
soldier that was killed was identified as being Navy 3rd Petty Officer
Melquisedet Angulo Cordova.


During the exchange of gunfire and grenades, many of the residents
at the condominiums were evacuated by the Navy to the gym area of
the complex. At this time, there were no reports of innocent civilians
being injured. Approximately $40,000 in cash, 5 firearms and many
rounds of ammunition were located inside of Beltran-Leyva's
apartment.

The city of Cuernavaca is located about one hour south of Mexico
City and is in the state of Morelos. The city is a popular tourist
location with many people from the United States and also from
around the world. The city is famous for having the "Palacio de
Cortez" which was a palace for the Spanish Conquistador Hernan
Cortez. Cuernavaca also is very popular with students studying
Spanish and has many language schools in the area. In addition,
many wealthy residents of Mexico City have secondary homes in
Cuernavaca. The city has recently become known as a haven for
high level involvement with people associated with drug trafficking.
Earlier this year, numerous members of government, including a
police chief were arrested for having ties to the Beltran-Leyva
brothers' cartel.

Just this past Friday, Mexican authorities raided a lavish party at a
mansion in the nearby town of Tepoztlan. Three members of the
Beltran-Leyva cartel were killed and 11 members were taken into
custody. This party made international news because a famous
Mexican singer named Ramon Ayala was performing at the private
party. Ramon Ayala is a grammy award winner and sings a Mexican
genre of music called "Norteno Music" (Northern Music). Ayala's
group was detained and later released without charges. In addition
to Ramon Ayala, the Mexican musical group "Los Cadetes de
Linares" and "Torrente Musical" were detained at the party. In
addition, more than 20 paid prostitutes were there at the time of the
raid. Twenty guns and approximately $280,700 in cash was seized
during the raid of the mansion.

Arturo Beltran-Leyva is one of several brothers that form one of the
top five drug cartels in Mexico. They are originally from the Mexican
state of Sinaloa which is a location that is notorious for being the
home of numerous high level drug traffickers and also for large
scale production of marijuana. Arturo Beltran-Leyva and his
brothers were once aligned with the world's most wanted drug cartel
leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman of the "Sinaloa Cartel". In
January 2008, Arturo's brotherĀ Alfredo "El Mochomo" Beltran-Leyva
was arrested in the city of Culiacan in Sinaloa, Mexico. In February
2008, the United States Department of Justice indicted Arturo
Beltran-Leyva, Manuel "La Puerca" Fernandez-Navarro and several
other co-conspirators for being responsible to the distribution of
multi-ton quantities of cocaine that were being delivered from
Colombia to Mexico for later distribution into the United States of
America. Arturo Beltran-Leyva had several nicknames which
included "El Barbas" (The Bearded Guy) and "El Jefe de Jefes" (The
Boss of Bosses). There was a reward for 30 million Mexican pesos
(over $2 million dollars) for the capture of Arturo Beltran-Leyva.

The apartments called "Altitude" where Beltran-Leyva and his
associates were killed, is a high end apartment/condo complex that
is located just a couple minutes of downtown Cuernavaca. The
complex is located at the street address of Poder Legislativo #215 in
the colonia Lomas de la Selva. They were just built recently and are
the tallest buildings in Cuernavaca.

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