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Wed Nov 21, 2018, 06:38 AM

'El Chapo' rival Hctor Beltrn Leyva dies in jail

Source: BBC News

19 November 2018

Beltrán Leyva, 56, was one of four brothers who led the drug cartel of the same name which was known for its deadly rivalry with the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

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He was facing charges of trafficking marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines.

He took over the leadership of the Beltrán Leyva cartel after his brother Arturo was killed in a shootout with Mexican police in 2009. Two other brothers, Alfredo and Carlos, are in jail.

The Beltrán Leyva brothers built up a powerful crime syndicate in the northern state of Sinaloa which later expanded into large parts of Mexico. Their cartel controlled many of the drug smuggling routes from Mexico into the United States.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46261159

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