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BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 OCT 2015

Mexico has extradited two alleged drug lords and nearly a dozen other suspected drug traffickers to the United States, a decision that was likely influenced by the escape of notorious…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 26 MAY 2015

A gruesome battle between two relatively unknown drug gangs over a municipality in Guerrero, Mexico has led to mysterious disappearances, an uptick in murders, and political assassinations, the consequences of…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2 APR 2015

Some business leaders and companies in the Mexican state of Sinaloa continue to pay their state taxes, even though the US Treasury Department has linked them to organized crime. Who…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 18 NOV 2014

In a surprise move, Alfredo Beltran Leyva, the former leader of Mexican drug trafficking group the Beltran Leyva Organization, was extradited to the United States six years after his capture,…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 7 NOV 2014

The US government has placed a relatively unknown Colombian on the Kingpin list, suggesting that the individual may be one of the so-called "invisibles," high level drug traffickers who have…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 20 OCT 2014

Authorities in Mexico have captured an alleged leader of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, who have been accused of collaborating with police in the disappearance of dozens of student protestors…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 9 OCT 2014

A recent massacre of student protesters in the turbulent state of Guerrero has shined a spotlight on the Guerreros Unidos -- the criminal organization reportedly behind the murders -- and on…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 6 OCT 2014

Police in Guerrero state, Mexico, collaborated with a drug cartel to kill a group of student protesters, according to the state attorney general, highlighting the often blurred line between criminals and…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2 OCT 2014

Hector Beltran Leyva’s criminal career is an illustration that even the most violent groups need a soft side.  Beltran Leyva was captured exactly where anyone who has followed…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 17 SEP 2014

According to Mexico's Attorney General's Office, there are nine major criminal cartels working with some 43 gangs in the country, further indication of just how much Mexican organized crime has…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 11 SEP 2014

In the past month, the normally peaceful state of Baja California Sur, Mexico has seen a rash of murders, which authorities have blamed on a conflict between the Sinaloa Cartel…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 SEP 2014

The leaders of some of Mexico's principal drug cartels recently staged a narco-summit to reconfigure the criminal landscape, according to reports in local media, which, if accurate, could mark the…

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