Alfredo Beltrán Leva, “El Mochomo”The former leader of one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico was transferred to ADX Florence Prison, a maximum security US prison where his “cousin” is also serving a life sentence: Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
“El Mochomo”, 51, was born on January 21, 1971, in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, a fertile land for drug traffickers: in that city Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Rafael Caro Quintero, “El Narco de Narcos” and “El Azul” Esparragoza were also born.
Alfredo Beltrán is the youngest of the Leva brothers: Marcos Arturo, Alfredo, Hector, Asael, Carlos and Ivan; who, according to various versions, began his criminal career in Sinaloa working with opium producers.
brothers started working Dear Carrillo Fuentes, “The Lord of the Skies”, who apparently employed them as mercenaries and carriers. Various sources indicate that it is also possible that at some point Beltrán Leyva and “El Chapo” Guzmán worked together as hit men. Guadalajara Cartel.
The link between the brothers and “El Chapo” became so episodic that they even strengthened family ties: “El Mochomo” married Guzmán’s cousin. In addition, after Capo was arrested on the Guatemalan border on June 9, 1993, the brothers helped Arturo Guzmán Loera, “El Polo”, Joaquín’s younger brother, keep the business afloat. He also reportedly sent a considerable amount of money to his imprisoned “cousin”.
In 2001, when Joaquín Guzmán staged his first spectacular escape from Puente Grande Prison, Jalisco, Get out of the prison hidden in the laundry cart, He spoke with the Beltrán Leva family to form a security force to counter the Gulf Cartel, which had recruited 31 Special Forces officers a few years earlier to form the Los Zetas Cartel.
It so happened that the brothers hired Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “La Barbie”, group “Los Pelons”; “The Blacks”, among others. was at the top of the pyramid Arturo Beltrán Leva, nicknamed “Boss of Bosses”, Who created the Special Forces of Arturo (FEDA).
As of 2005, the Beltran Leva brothers cartel operated in 11 states: Guerrero, Morelos, Chiapas, Queretaro, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Mexico State and Mexico City.
“El Chapo” also tasked him with infiltrating security forces and politics. In 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recorded an interaction between nahum acostaOne of the close advisers to the government of former President Vicente Fox and Beltrán Leva, Maybe Hector.
Beltrán Leva had different perspectives and approaches away from the Sinaloa Cartel. But it was precisely the arrest of Alfredo, “El Mochomo”, on January 21, 2008, who broke the camel’s back.
The Beltrán Leva family accuses “Chapo” Guzmán of treason for allegedly handing over information to the authorities. The split between the two criminal gangs resulted in a violent war between them which involved the murder of politicians and several police officers.
Alfredo Beltrán Leyva was arrested 13 years ago at his home in 1970 Teniente Juan de la Barrera Norte Avenue, in the Burrocrata neighborhood north of Culiacan.
In August 2012, he was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine for import into the United States. Two years later, he was extradited from Mexico to a neighboring country to the north. After a judicial process, “El Mochomo” pleaded guilty in February 2016.
He was sentenced on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Life imprisonment A fine of US$529 million was imposed in the United States and in the United States as punishment for introducing tons of cocaine and methamphetamine.
The Court of the District of Columbia in Washington called the process against “El Mochomo”large scale case“In the last 15 years.
“You were the leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations, you committed direct violence and even killed and tortured. You often bribed politicians and police,” said Judge Richard J. Leon .
Last March “El Mochomo” requested through a letter – written in his own handwriting – appealing his release. first step act, A reform of the criminal code that repeals serious federal laws accepted in the 1980s and 1990s within the framework of America’s “war on drugs”.
Drug smugglers reached the judge through his own letter Richard Lyonswho punished him Life imprisonment In April 2017, asking him about the first phase act, as he said it “I would like to know if the laws apply” In your case.
The recent transfer of the drug smuggler to ADMAX Florence can be interpreted as a response by the US authorities to his request.
Curiously, “El Chapo” and “El Mochomo”, formerly called “Cousins”, both suffered similar fates: Both are serving life sentences for their drug trafficking activities in the United States; And in the same maximum security prison that has never seen an escape in its entire history.