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Beltran was very careful to not include the name of family members in any role related to the rented apartment.
Hector Beltran Leyva .- "El H", the number one criminal of his cartel, escaped last January from an operation setup by the Navy on a building in Colonia del Valle. His family rented an apartment for more than a year in this traditional middle-class neighborhood of Mexico City.
In November 2009, the capo established himself with his wife and three daughters in apartment 302, Tower A, on Tejocotes set 64, in the corner of Miguel Laurent, one block from Avenida Insurgentes, according to investigations by the Navy and the PGR.
Beltran was very careful not to include the name of family members in any role related to this property, the PGR valued the property at 2 million 485 thousand pesos.
Clara Edith Gamboa Rodríguez the person working as a cook put her name as the lessee, the contract was signed with the company T Real Estate Guide and she rented the property for 21 thousand pesos a month that is owned by Desiderio Vite Rivera, a pilot and director of the Scala company.
Juan Ramón Córdoba Penaloza, a taxi driver became the driver for "El H" three years ago for 12 thousand pesos a month, he had a membership card to the Sam's department store to buy groceries.
Hector Beltran, according to the inquiry, trusted his driver to the extent that he named him "The Charly Valentino" for its resemblance to the television personality.
Based on statements from Cordoba to the SIEDO, "El H" always like the discretion of the apartments of this middle-class neighborhoods in Mexico City, this in contrast to his late brother Arturo Beltran Leyva, "El Barbas" who loved the mansions and large homes in the Pedregal, San Angelo and also in Cuernavaca.
The driver remembers that in 2008, when he met Hector Beltran in the taxi he was driving, he invited him to work, El H lived in a building on the Jardines de la Montaña, on Paseo del Pedregal, in Tlalpan.
"We were there for 7 months, from there we went to another apartment on Boston Street 33, Colonia Noche Buena de la Delegación Álvaro Obregón, where we live for one and a half years, and from there we went to Miguel Laurent number 21, Tower A, apartment 302, Colonia del Valle, Benito Juarez, where I was arrested by the Navy.
"At this home in November 2010 we had completed one year living there. Mrs. Edith Gamboa and I would pay the rent when Mr. Hector or his wife were there," Cordova told the Federal Public Ministry.
He would meet with his half-brother Luis Efrain Beltran alias "Ramiro" and also meet up with Felipe, an operator of Alfredo Beltran "The Mochomo" in a steakhouse in the area.
Hector Beltran would parked his cars next to the World Trade Center, in the Colonia Nápoles, with a tinsmith named Maximilian, who would repair dents, polished and waxed cars. Once he paid him 3,800 pesos to clean his BMW.
According to the driver, after a while it came a time when Hector and his wife would leave their daughters in the apartment and will only visited during the holidays.
"When we need money I would call Mr. Hector and he would send us money with different people who I do not know, I only knew someone nicknamed "The Jew" (a livestock entrepreneur Ismael Coronel Sicairos) who was the person who usually would deliver the money.
The driver said that in April this year the Beltran family vacated the apartment upon expiration of the lease. Personally this was also my deadline to stop working with the boss.
"About a year and a half ago I found out who Hector Beltran Leyva was, one day he was in his room drunk, and he ask me and Ms. Edith if we knew who he was, this was before the death of his brother Arturo Beltran Leyva. After learning who he was, me and Mrs. Edith were afraid, and in fact when he asked me and Mrs. Edith if we knew who he was, out of fear, we said no.
"He told us to wait for our bonuses and we said yes, we actually waited until the leased was finished in April this year," he said.
Juan Ramón Córdoba Peñaloza failed to fulfill his promise to stop working for "El H" in April, because the Navy arrested him three months earlier.
In the morning of January 24, 2011, Special Forces stormed the apartment 302 Tower A, number 64 in Tejocotes in search of Hector Beltran Leyva "The H".
The driver of the drug lord was with the cook Edith Gamboa Rodriguez and one of Beltran daughter from a previous marriage. But that was not the tenant the Navy was looking for.
The Marines said they entered the building because the driver Cordova had an AK-47 in hand and a Colt .38 Super at the waist.
The sailors said Cordova had several keys to the cars that "H" had in the parking lot. The Navy went down and opened a 2008 Megane Renault with DF plates, in the glove compartment, they found 3 magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition calibres 5.7 mm and a black bag with 50 rounds caliber 7.62 millimeters.
In a Mercedes Benz S600, 2005, DF plates, the Navy says they found in the trunk a Pietro Beretta pistol supplied with 14 cartridges 9 mm and 50 rounds of .223 caliber 5.56 mm.
In an Audi A6 2008, they also found in the trunk a Rock River Arms .223-5.56 with a charger supplied with 20 cartridges.
The sailors said that during the operation they found voter credentials with the name of the driver, as well as Omar González Luna, Martín Rangel Ramírez, Jesús Mendoza Hernández, Félix Morales Matías, Carlos Rogelio Cruz Olvera, Francisco Jiménez Salinas, José Raymundo Delgado Echevarría, Domingo Florida Baltazar y Eduardo Sol Solano.
The Navy said they found the apartment of "H" thanks to the information provided by Ismael Coronel Sicairos "The Jew", supposedly arrested that day on Pablo Ucello 63, Colonia Ciudad de los Deportes, when parked in a gray Sport Eco.
"The Jew", a rancher a suspect of money laundering operations for the Beltran was quoted as saying that in the property of Miguel Laurent "The H" had two hostages and weapons, according to the document from the Navy.
In an unusual manner, Colonel Sicaire and Cordova were arrested.
The two were so badly beaten and the Navy said it was not related to the arrest.
"Ismael Coronel Sicairos said his body hurt, because his boss Hector Beltran Leyva commanded others in his organization to give him a harsh punishment, because in previous days he did not answer calls from his boss, that's why he was beaten with a paddle. Health care was provided by the medical team and a certificate was presented with the conditions in which he was arrested.
"Juan Ramon Cordova Penaloza, was questioned in why he was limping when walking, saying that a day earlier he had fallen off a motorcycle, "the Navy said.
The operation began in Paul Uccello and ended in Colonia del Valle and ended at 5:00 am. For the Navy, the trophy was a weapon that they seized that morning they decided to ask the PGR for the weapon for their exhibit.
"The requested weapon was Siper 38 Automatic Colt brand, serial number 14836, with the legend VERSACE, yellow handles and some gold parts in the body of the gun, the Marines want the gun to be placed at the disposal and custody of the Secretary of Navy of Mexico as it is of interest of this institution to have the weapon described above for exhibit at the Naval Museum".
The owner fight for the apartment
The owner of apartment rented to Hector Beltran Leyva "The H", asked the PGR to remove the seized claimed because he purchased the property with lawful money and unrelated to any criminal act.
Desiderio Vite Rivera, an airline pilot and director of the Scala company (Corporate Services of La Laguna), came on January 31 to SIEDO to testify, after the Navy entered the apartment rented to Beltran Leyva.
Information indicates that documents presented Vite Rivera to prove the property of the 302 A, Tower A, were a certified copy dated October 7, 2009.
"I own the property mentioned above and the money I bought with is legitimate product of my work, so I request to this ministerial authority to lift the seizure, since that has nothing to do with the events of January 24 "he said.
According to a search, Vite Rivera was a contractor for Fidel Herrera when he was a governor of Veracruz, under PRD President Rosario Robles, and he is a cousin of Luis and Ricardo Urzua Rivera, owners of Servicios Aéreos Milenio.
In Veracruz, Scala won a contract for a maximum of 450 thousand pesos for the rental of aircraft for Fidel Herrera, in 2008, and a maximum of 563 000 $ 500 (6.7 million pesos) for maintenance in 2009. Both contracts are available online.