By Mario Conde
One of the top Mexican drug cartel dealers was killed last Wednesday in a bloody shootout in Mexico that left three dead.
Arturo Beltran Leyva died Wednesday during a shootout with Mexican naval authorities, along with five suspected members of the Sinaloa-based cartel.
The shootout took place in an apartment complex in Cuernavaca, the capitol of Morelos, and lasted over two hours. The firefight included drug gang members tossing grenades at the troops.
After the death Beltran Leyva, aka the “boss of bosses”, revelations over the drug lord’s control of Morelos begin to surface. In the state of Morelos, Leyva manipulated civil and military authorities in at least half of its municipalities. It was in Cuernavaca where Beltran settled and where he was ultimately confronted by the Mexican Navy.
His power and influence was felt from Colombia to the United States and his operations have allowed him to infiltrate to the most important National Security Institutions.
The Mexican Government considered him to be the highest leader in his cartel and was one most wanted criminals in Mexico. Beltran Leyva’s brother, Alfredo, was arrested January 8, 2008 by the Mexican Army along with two other brothers.
Because of this capture, Beltran Leyva blamed Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera. This caused many bloody shootouts between the Cartels in Sinaloa that ended with the assassination of Guzman Loera’s son.
In 2008, the Beltran Leyva cartel joined a criminal organization called “Los Zetas” who operated in the Gulf of Mexico. This move forced the U.S. Authorities to support the Mexican Government in searching for Beltran Leyva. Through the years, the Beltran Leyva cartel was able to expand their presence in states such as Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Chiapas, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Mexico City.
President Felipe Calderon declared this as a major victory against rampant drug trafficking and violence, has left many authorities and residents expecting more bloodshed.
Popular signer Ramon Ayala of the band Bravos del Norte will be held in custody for up to 40 days while investigators decide whether he should be charged in connection with organized crime. Ayala was taken into custody Dec. 11 when the military raided a mansion where they say a drug cartel Christmas party was being held.
Ayala’s lawyer, who denied his client has any ties to the Beltran Leyva Cartel, said the band was performing at the party but will be investigated by authorities since they believe Ayala could be involved in criminal activity and money laundry, among other crimes.