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Group Profile: The Beltran-Leyva Brothers Cartel

Editor’s note: This report is an analysis of the Beltran-Leyva Brothers cartel. This assessment will focus on the current state of the cartel, as well as the efforts of Mexican activist groups to address growing cartel violence. Highlights -The truce between the Beltran-Leyva cartel and the Sinaloa cartel unlikely to last -Vigilante activity will increase as citizens become more frustrated with the failure of law enforcement efforts -Widespread corruption likely to offset troop deployments intended to stem violence According to recent news reports, trafficking chiefs in the state of Sinaloa agreed last month to curb their bloody rivalry – since then, killings have declined sharply in the area. According to Ricodoce, a weekly periodical from the state of Sinaloa, a meeting brought together top-level representatives of the so-called Sinaloa cartel, run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and the group commanded by the Beltran Leyva brothers. Even if true, the truce is likely only temporary and we exhibit killing to return to the state The Beltran Boys Brothers Alfredo and Arturo Beltran-Leyva originally worked for the Sinaloa cartel under Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. However, while working for the group, Alfredo Beltran-Leyva was arrested and it was suspected that Guzman provided law enforcement with the information that led to Alfredo’s arrest. The Beltran-Leyva brothers subsequently separated from the Sinaloa cartel and formed their own organization, in which they allied themselves with Sinaloa rivals the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas. Recent Arrests While news of the truce suggests killings in the area may decrease in the coming weeks, government officials have made their own inroads into the cartels’ operations. •Geronimo Garcia: Garcia was responsible for the logistics and financing for the Beltran-Leyva cartel and was responsible for the acquisition of high-quality cocaine from Colombia. Garcia was arrested in February 2009. •Enrique Gain: Although Gain was a relatively low-level operator; his arrest provided significant insight into the sophistication, funding and capabilities of the Beltran-Leyva cartel. Gain was responsible for drug smuggling operations in Guerrero state. Current Situation Currently, the Beltran-Leyva organization is aligned with both The Gulf Cartel and the Zetas organizations. The Beltran-Leyva cartel is one of the major smugglers of cocaine from Colombia to the United States, as well as a major supplier for marijuana smuggled into the United States from Mexico. The Beltran-Leyva cartel, along with the Gulf Cartel’s enforcement arm, the Zetas, are currently engaged in territorial wars, primarily against Joaquin Guzman, for control of the northern border states of Mexico. The border states are strategic territory for smuggling operations, as they are key smuggling points to markets in the United States. However, in January 2009, reports from local media outlets in Mexico indicated an agreement between the cartels may have been signed. Supporting this assertion is the radical change in statistics on murders that have taken place in the area – a mere 40 murders were recorded in January, versus 120 in December. Local investigative journalists in the region reported that the alleged truce was established in a meeting on December 11, 2008, in a secret room of an up-scale restaurant in Culiacan. Additionally, a second meeting allegedly took place where agreements were reached to halt gun battles and ambushes. However, contract killings already in progress were allowed to continue, according to local reports. The suspected truce is not an unprecedented measure for organized crime groups in the region, especially “El Chapo”, who arranged a similar agreement with the Gulf Cartel in 2007. The agreements are normally short-lived, and are intended to salvage profits and personnel rather than to establish peace. We expect the current truce to be in

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