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BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2016-11-17

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias "Chapo" leads the Meza Flores, though little is known of his current criminal activities.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 7 AUG 2014

The killing of a dozen alleged criminals in federal operations in Sinaloa state, Mexico, is one step in the government's concerted push to take down drug boss Fausto Isidro…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 25 JUL 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people in Mexico have been internally displaced due to violence perpetrated by organized crime groups but the majority have yet to receive adequate assistance from Mexican…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 7 JUL 2014

Rising homicides, a high-level capture and a bloody military battle point to growing insecurity in Mexico State, which borders the capital, months after the federal government announced a plan to…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 JUL 2014

Mexico's army has killed 22 alleged members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, a cartel splinter group causing chaos in southern Mexico, which may have provoked the military a step…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 30 MAY 2014

A spate of murders in Guerrero, Mexico appears to be linked to a power struggle between local gangs as criminal group Los Rojos experiences internal chaos, providing one illustration of…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 24 APR 2014

The arrest of the top two members of an upstart Mexican gang in the embattled state of Guerrero has added a jolt of uncertainty to one of the nation's most…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 17 APR 2014

Authorities in Mexico have captured a man described as the second in command of the Beltran Leyva Organization, signaling the government's continued pursuit of cartel decapitation and undermining…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 27 JAN 2014

Authorities in Mexico have uncovered evidence of an alliance between the Knights Templar and the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO), marking a change in direction for both gangs.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 19 DEC 2013

Federal authorities in Mexico said the case of 12 youths snatched from a bar in the capital and murdered was tied to a dispute between two of the country's major…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 15 NOV 2013

The US Treasury has added two figures linked to the Beltran Leyva Organization to its "Kingpin List," another sign the once ailing drug cartel is restoring its influence in Mexico.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 25 SEP 2013

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf Cartel, the Tijuana…

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