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Mexico captures most-wanted 'drug-cartel kingpin'

MEXICO CITY – Mexican soldiers have captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, one of the country’s most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said Wednesday.

He had taken over the Beltrán Leyva cartel in recent years after his brothers’ deaths or arrests, but was nabbed in the city of San Miguel de Allende, investigating prosecutors’ spokesman Tomás Zerón told reporters.

Known as “H” (for Héctor), authorities snared Beltrán Leyva — for whom Mexico had offered a $2.2 million reward — without firing a shot, after an 11-month manhunt, Zerón said.

Héctor Beltrán Leyva.

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He called Beltrán Leyva one of Mexico’s top drug traffickers, who specialized in moving cocaine from South America and Central America to lucrative U.S. and European markets.

In 2009, authorities killed his brother Arturo in Cuernavaca. Brothers Alfredo and Carlos were arrested later, leaving him in charge of the operation.

The United States offered another $5 million reward for his capture. The U.S. State Department says he is 49 years old.

It was not clear when he was arrested.

An estimated 80,000 people have died in drug violence and 22,000 have gone missing since 2006 across Mexico.

Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took over in December 2012, however, the government also has captured Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa cartel and at the time the world’s most-wanted drug trafficker.

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Dan Gibson

He or one of his subordinates must have missed the ”payoff” to either the Mexican government or the United States Government — perhaps the CIA was not happy with the ”quality” of the product being shipped to them —?????

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More likely the governments want to squelch competition. Monopoly power is much more lucrative. Not to mention they can support their private prison systems by flooding them with these “drug people”. And then they can extort families even more. They can use their proxies (lawyers and judges) to further the cause. Remember, it is all for “public safety”. Governments need to be purged of criminals. Is it any wonder that the DEA was created by an executive order from President Nixon and his partners- George Bush (CIA), Henry Kissinger, etc.

This war has been the most detrimental to all societies, and it was perpetuated by government crooks! Cocaine is now the national product of Costa Rica, where they warehouse for Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. What a sham!Oh, and may we never forget Oliver North and his Iran-Contra shenanigans…END THE DRUG WAR NOW!

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