Mexican police capture major drug trafficker

11:20, January 04, 2010      

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The undated photo shows Carlos Beltran Leyva. The Mexican Department of Public Safety on Jan. 2, 2010 announced in a statement that police have captured alleged drug lord, Carlos Beltran Leyva. The capture, made in the Sinaloa provincial capital of Culiacan, came two weeks after drug-fighting troops had killed Carlos' brother Arturo Beltran Leyva. (Xinhua Photo)


The Mexican Federal Police have captured Carlos Beltran Leyva, an alleged drug kingpin whose brother was leader of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking cartel, authorities said Sunday.

Carlos Leyva was captured in Culiacan, the capital of the northwest coastal state of Sinaloa on Dec. 30, Mexico's General Prosecutor's Office (PGR) said.

During the arrest, Carlos Leyva showed authorities a driver license with the alias "Carlos Gamez Orpineda." The police officers immediately found out it was a fake license and arrested him.

He was also found to have some guns, ammunition and dozens of packs of cocaine.

The Beltran-Leyva Cartel is a Mexican drug trafficking cartel founded by the five Beltran Leyva brothers. The cartel controls numerous drug trafficking corridors and is engaged in cocaine transportation and wholesaling, human smuggling, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, murder and gun-running.

Their leader Arturo Beltran Leyva, known as "the boss of bosses," was killed by Mexican naval personnel in a shoot-out on Dec. 16, 2009.

Source: Xinhua
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