Arturo Beltran Leyva

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Feds Helped Mexican Drug Honcho Move Millions

Transferred cash, drugs across international borders

(Newser) - The New York Times last month revealed that undercover US agents have laundered and smuggled millions of dollars for Mexico's drug cartels—and today the paper shines a light on one such operation, in which federal agents helped one drug trafficker and his Colombian supplier move cash and cocaine... More »

Texan 'Barbie' Went From Linebacker to Drug Lord

Valdez rose through ranks of Sinaloa cartel

(Newser) - Mexican police displayed captured drug kingpin Edgar 'Barbie' Valdez to the media yesterday and offered details on how the American rose through the ranks of its country's drug underworld. Valdez—born into a middle-class family in Laredo, Texas—was a standout high school football player and petty street dealer, but... More »

Drug Kingpin 'Barbie' Captured

Texas-born trafficker Edgar Valdez arrested in Mexico

(Newser) - Mexico says it has arrested the Texas-born drug kingpin Edgar Valdez. Valdez—known as "Barbie" because of his blond hair—is wanted in the US for distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine, the AP reports. Valdez had been battling for control of the Beltran Leyva cartel in central Mexico.... More »

Mexico Nabs Brother of Slain Drug Lord

Carlos Beltran Levya's arrest is second victory in 2 weeks for gov't

(Newser) - Mexican police announced last night the capture of alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, just two weeks after his even more powerful brother, Arturo, was killed in a shootout with troops—back-to-back victories in President Felipe Calderon's drug war. Mexican officials in the... More »

Hit Men Kill Family of Mexican Hero

Sailor died in raid that took out drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva

(Newser) - Dozens of gunmen burst into a house near Mexico City this morning and executed the mother, sister, and aunt of a serviceman who was killed in the raid that took down a major drug lord last week. Navy sailor Melquisedat Angulo Córdova, whose bravery had earned him the praise... More »

'Posed' Corpse of Drug Lord Sparks Uproar

Critics say government is adopting scare tactics of cartels

(Newser) - An apparently posed corpse of a shot Mexican drug lord surrounded by jewelry, blood-stained pesos and US bills has sparked complaints against security officials who critics say are adopting cartel scare tactics.The gory photograph of Arturo Beltran Leyva's body guarded by Mexican marines in Morelos was widely published. Government... More »

Top Mexican Drug Boss Killed in Raid

Arturo Beltrán Leyva died in shootout with 200 sailors

(Newser) - One of Mexico's most powerful drug bosses has been killed in an "intense" firefight, giving a much-needed boost to President Felipe Calderón's 3-year war on drug traffickers. Arturo Beltrán Leyva died yesterday in a two-hour shootout with 200 sailors at an upscale condominium complex in Cuernavaca, said... More »

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