Thursday, March 31, 2016

Arturo Beltran Leyva, the life, death of "El Barbas" Part 1

Written by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat

Subject Matter: Arturo Beltran Leyva, El Barbas, El Fantasma, El Botas Blancas, La Muerte
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required


Born in the cradle of narco's, La Palma ,Badiraguato Sinaloa in December of 1954,though some put his birth day as September 1961. Arutro Beltran Leyva also known by the nicknames, "El Barbas", El Botas Blancas, El Fantasma and La Muerte, he worked with small time poppy growers and learnt his trade from Amado Carrillo Fuentes , and later became known as Jefe de Jefes, boss of bosses. His life was characterized by the extreme violence he visited upon anyone who stood in his way. He was eventually cornered and killed by Mexican Marines with the ELINT intelligence help of the US 7th Special Forces group in Cuernavaca, leading to a power vacuum and the "Hydra Effect".

Big thanks go out to Chivis and BB's friend Narcomics, for the images. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @narcomicscorp

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel

Marco Arturo Beltran Leyva, at 14 years old still didn't know how to read, his brothers Humberto, Hector, Alfredo, Carlos and Mario Alberto were in the same illiteracy boat. He also had two sisters, Alicia and Gloria who studied at the rural school near to the village where they lived called Tameapa, close to Badiraguato.

They had learnt the skills needed in this area, tending to livestock, ploughing and tilling land, planting, seeding, and cultivation of various crops.

The family were very poor and their mother died half way through the criminal careers of her children. Their father is still alive and is known as "Don Carlos", who named their first son Arturo.

Arturo wanted more from life than was his lot, he couldn't even afford a decent pair of tennis shoes and spent his early years wearing sandals made by his mother.

Taking flight

Arturo decided to leave behind his rural roots and after arguing with his parents who wanted him to stay, left as had many of his friends from surrounding villages and ranches. These friends had offered Arturo work stealing automobiles in Durango. The life of a car thief then could be dangerous and short lived and at 14 years old he learnt how to handle and shoot pistols. He became quite proficient, and like Pablo Acosta who had a similar upbringing, he could hit targets at a distance with ease with a pistol.

It was for that quality alone that his friends used him in automobile robberies, standing guard and shooting at anyone who tried to intervene. This skill at shooting would later elevate him quickly as a hit man for the Guadalajara Cartel, working hand in hand with El Chapo Guzman.

When he left home, with his few belongings and a few pesos in his pocket, he vowed never to return to poverty and decided that he would employ his younger brothers in whatever criminal enterprises that he turned his hand to.

Many people at the time recognized different qualities in the Beltran Leyvas, that they were unusually generous and charitable with other people who they recognized had the same poor upbringing, and like Pablo Acosta and Shorty Lopez in Ojinaga had some altruistic benefactor at their core, despite the horrific violence that they were later to become known for.

It was 1968 when Arturo arrived in Durango and started stealing automobiles with his colleagues in crime, but he was into nothing heavy at that time, and started to acquire money and goods that his life in Badiraguato had denied him.

It is said that at the age of 18 in 1972 he was imprisoned for a few years for automobile theft. Wearing this then typical white boots that led to his nickname " El botas blancas". It was here that he forged his first contacts in the drug trafficking world, who schooled him that automobile theft was for the lowest of the low, and that he should quit it and his current friends and utilize his skills as a pistolero.

He escaped from Durango prison after serving two years, he used his gun proficiency to kill someone during his escape, he then put his trademark white boots on the corpse trying to fool the authorities into thinking that he was dead, so they would not pursue him. This initiative impressed people at the time who were his peers in Durango prison.

After escaping from Durango prison he hid out in the mountains of Durango, it was here that he met Amado Carrillo Fuentes, "El Senor de los Cielos". Hit men that were in the employ of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, had told Amado of this pistolero who hailed from the same part of Sinaloa as himself, and introduced him in person, as my friend with white boots, who Amado decided to nickname "El Botas Blancas" and the nickname stuck.

Destiny and the road ahead


Arturo followed the road ahead of him which he considered his destiny, working for the group of hit men attached to Amado until he could form his own cell of Sicario's that was allied to Amado, who at the time was trafficking marijuana and later cocaine. Arturo worked trafficking drugs through Juarez and Sonora utilizing the borders of these two places.


With time and a growing reputation, he was introduced to famous traffickers from the Guadalajara Cartel like Caro Quintero, Mayo Zambada, Miguel Felix Gallardo, Don Neto and Pedro Aviles, also Chapo Guzman, El Azul, Balthazar Diaz, Ines Calderon and the Arellano brothers, thanks to the budding friendship he had with Chapo Guzman and Mayo Zambada.

Amado didn't like the fact that Arturo knew and was friendly with the Arellano brothers, later he also came to know Fermin Duarte who has been known to be a long time member of  Mayo Zambadas organization.

It was Arturo that introduced Chapo Guzman to cocaine trafficking, with its greater profits than the marijuana that El Chapo was trafficking. Arturo and Guzman had a link, according to family members, their great grandparents initiated a kinship between to the two families that was defined in the Badiraguato mountains and later led to Arturo marrying a cousin of El Chapo.

This was not surprising in itself as the village where El Chapo grew up, La Tuna, is only ten minutes from La Palma, where Arturo grew up, adding to this El Azul was raised in Huizipa which is only ten minutes from La Tuna and 15 minutes from La Palma.

After working for Amado for roughly four years and building up his portfolio of contacts and profits, he branched out onto his own in the 1980's, and stopped working directly for Amado. At this time during the odd reunion they met as friends, and he bought merchandise from Amado, as did everyone at this time via the transport hub run by Pablo Acosta at Ojinaga for Amado's cocaine shipments from Colombia.

He flew under the radar of the authorities, biding his time and stockpiling his profits, and had already at the age of 22, built a strong team about him, and some would say that he was at this time a capo in his own right.

Moving East


Arturo decided that he should transfer to Monterrey on the other side of the country, which he did with the aid of contacts that he had acquired thanks to some Colombians that he knew in the same region where he had his business. At the start of the 90's he began to develop problems with the Arellano Felix brothers.


At the time Arturo imported little because he was in a war with the AFO that lead to many deaths in Tijuana, Culiacan, Ensenada and other places. Arturo could see nothing good coming out of the war with the AFO as it was hurting his profits, and said that as it was not his problem that Chapo was warring with the Arellano's, he would leave the war taking with him "El Guero Palma" and Mayo Zambada.

Amado practically took the same decision but kept bankrolling Chapo so he could recruit Sicario's and buy weapons to carry on the war with the CAF. This was probably because the AFO had tried on three occasions to kill Amado in Mexico District Federal, Culiacan and Durango.

A person who was very close to Arturo, who today is in the witness protection program revealed that in 1991 Arturo received a call from El Chapo calling for financial support to the tune of 50,000 dollars which would be enough to buy good weapons and the wages of the Sicario's to utilize them.
Arturo agreed to send the money via someone he had in Culiacan.

Arturo kept working on the border at Nuevo Leon. In those days people from Sinaloa stood out in Monterrey due to their dress sense and the strong and pronounced accent. It was then in this place that he met the famous "Cadetes de Linares", Rosendo Cantu, Ramon Ayala and their Bravos del Norte, thanks to parties he had for his birthdays and his employee fiestas.

Arturo was well like by his employees and they called him "Arturo de Culiacan", he paid them fortnightly, and after receiving trailers he would pay them 30,000 dollars when in reality he only agreed to pay them 10,000 per two people that handled the load.

Arturo used Monterrey for a staging post for drugs going north into the USA and weapons coming south from the USA, its strategic location close to the border making it a sensible choice as a logistics hub, his people were also operating at this time in Nuevo Laredo, the preferred crossing point due to the volume of traffic. It was here that he met the smirking polo shirt assassin Edgar Valdez Villarreal "La Barbie".

At this time La Barbie was one of a number of independent traffickers working under the watchful eye of Dionisio Garcia "El Chacho" leader of the "Los Chachos"."Los Chachos" had been working with "Los Negros", a Sicario cell in the employ of El Chapo Guzman, who together were disputing the Nuevo Laredo plaza, as well as other plazas against CDG, He was working under the Milenio Cartel, and had previously worked for the Gulf Cartel but had switched sides on them, and  was hired from the MC by Arturo.

The CDG were mighty pissed at Arturo and demanded that he give up "El Chacho". Arturo promised the CDG that he would try his best to get "El Chacho" and give him over, but he had lots of chances but obviously no motivation to do so as "El Chacho" was supplying him with very valuable information for the  upcoming war between the Sinaloa Federation and the Gulf Cartel and Zetas for control of Nuevo Laredo, Coahuila and Tamaulipas.

Loz Zetas eventually kidnapped "El Chacho" from Monterrey and interrogated, tortured and killed him . This presented La Barbie with the opportunity to replace "El Chacho" working for Arturo in Nuevo Laredo.

Arturo met him at a clandestine  meeting when Arturo and his allies were discussing the best way to take the Nuevo Laredo plaza and major parts of Tamaulipas from the CDG, the Sinaloa Cartel leadership had given their blessing for an all out offensive, to be led by El Chapo and Arturo.

Even at a young age Arturo was widely known as a powerful Capo in his own right, with connections to everyone important in drug trafficking at that time in Mexico. Some of those relations went south on him like the Arellano Felix brothers, and later El Chapo Guzman.

Thanks to some ideas proposed by El Barbie at this meeting, Arturo proposed that El Barbie come and work for him, Arturo saw in Villarreal a kindred spirit who was both young, and brave , had some grasp of the business side of drug trafficking, and was willing to kill anyone with prejudice at a moments notice on Arturo's orders.

CDG put a price on the head of La Barbie and sent a four man team to kill him from Los Zetas. La Barbie was warmed of the incoming raid and intercepted the men, kidnapping them and taking them to a safe house in Acapulco. The video of their interrogation and subsequent murder was released to a Texas news agency and released.



This set a dangerous new precedent in the upward spiralling violence that was about to break out under Felipe Calderons administration. After this video made its way onto social medial, the subsequent years have seen the release of ever more ghastly execution videos, which has had the desired effect in some ways but has been counter productive in others, much more counter productive.

Barbie took control of the local hit men under Arturo and set forth to wreak as much damage on CDG/Zetas as he could with the resources he had. This had become personal for La Barbie and he was just about the most wanted man in Mexico. He could have set a world record at the time for the amount of people that wanted to kill him. This attention started to rub off onto Arturo, who thought that perhaps he could rise to the top and become Jefe de Jefes.

The Beltran Leyva brothers were at this time the bodyguards and security chiefs of the personal protection detail of the heads of the Sinaloa Cartel including Amado Carrillo Fuentes "El Senor de Los Cielos". Arturo had at his disposal the "Fuerzas Especiales de Arturo". The now familiar team of hit men in the same manner as Los Antrax, Los Linces, Fuerzas Especiales de Los Damaso, all cartels have them.


They come armed with the latest weaponry and tactical clothing,this haul was taken along with 11 hit men from "FEDA". These men would later become synonymous with the breakup of Beltran Leyva brothers from the Sinaloa Cartel, though earlier events had already set the ball rolling.

In 1992, Hector "El Guero" Palma worked with Arturo and El Chapo on transit of drugs and a year later El Chapo was arrested and imprisoned in Puente Grande prison in Jalisco. Arturo and El Guero, fronted their side of the business while Chapo was in prison. Just a few years later "El Guero" was also arrested. This left Arturo to run this side of the Sinaloa Cartel with El Mayo Zambada running the other.

The Sinaloa Cartel came up with a plan to storm the front gates of Puente Grande prison with a vehicle mounted 20mm cannon and attack the prison and free El Chapo. Arturo saw this as a suicide mission and wanted nothing to do with it, allegedly. This marked the start of an era of growing mistrust between the Sinaloa Cartel and Arturo Beltran Leyvas organization, that would later fracture.

The Colombian Connection, Guerrero, Morelos and Mexico City

In 1995 Arturto found a new opportunity to allow him to transit drugs direct from Colombia, so he moved his operational base to Guerrero. He utilized the coast of Guerrero to receive drug deliveries direct from Colombian ports, or better still loads from Chiapas that came from Colombia.

As Arturo had been handling shipments for some while, he had a connection he trusted in the Norte de Valle Cartel based in Cali, Luis Calle Serna.


Their agreement was that Serna would supply cocaine in fast boats carrying 2.5 tonnes of cocaine, priced at $14,000 a kilo. Larger sea going vessels would carry between six to ten tonnes, and narco subs would carry between seven or eight tonnes.

A sub captured from the Norte de Valle Cartel
These drug deliveries would leave from two cities on Colombia's Pacific Coast: Tumaco in Narino and Buenaventura, (otis: I've always wanted to go to the last destination, to see Las Brujitas de San Cipriano). The shipments travelled the five hundred miles by sea to either Acapulco or Huatulco, where members of Arturo's crew would take collection.

Watch out for part 2 coming soon!

124 comments:

  1. Algo Viernes Papu
    Muy Buena Historia.

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  2. Now this is a story so all you people know who was a real boss!!! Keep it coming!!!!

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    1. Obviously 7:15pm you haven't read "the tijuana wars"? Read that 1st then ask, who was the real Boss????

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    2. Arturo was the real boss don't come with that Tijuana crap The Arellano Felix are extinct and the Beltran Leyva dinasty is doing just fine, not that long ago the DEA mentioned that the BLO was increasing its presence in Jalisco , not to mention Humberto Beltran Leyva still holding it down, mochomo son Alfredo Beltran Jr Chapo Isidro , the famous H2. A

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    3. The AFOS big boss, known to the US, ust got his passport pulled by the US in a most heroic move of dramatic proportions by the US...
      --JORGE HANK ROHN laughs his ass off in Mexico City...

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    4. @I guess you are trying to say the Mexican citizen Jorge Hank Rohn is the AFO big boss. How does the US "pull the passport" of a Mexican citizen? Maybe you need check your sources.

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    5. 11:18 ooops, guilty, The VISA GOT RESCINDED.
      I hope the case does not get thrown out of court and the Federal Reserve is forced to let the Hank Rohn's keep their 2 billion dollars interest in the Texas National Bank of Laredo texas and forget the fines.
      -I know sloppiness is a bad thing, thanks for posting anyways.

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  3. Good job can't Waite for #2

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  4. The bullshit aside the man was well respected and loved by all his people!

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    1. 7:21 el barbas needed to scare the shit out of epn and genarco garcia luna, he had plenty of time, resources, and evidence that garcia luna was not complying with his side of the "agreements",
      And chose to just threaten him, that is pussy, he could have given the job to la barbie, they would be la Pareja Imperial...
      --atracomulcans do not give too many chances, el barbas knows, now...

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    2. Yea, when the goverment wants you it's over if you don't pay a price.

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  5. Nice piece...very insightful...

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  6. Good story the timing is all over the place and the cdg with the zetas kicked this guys out of Nuevo Laredo.

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    1. I know the writer left that part out . Nvo. Laredo has always the crown jewel in Mexico. Easier said than done even if snitch ass Barbie was from Laredo Texas . They couldn't make no inroads or take it and hold on to city. Nvo. Laredo is for Nvo Larenses. No Sinaloan or outsider will ever take it because the people there are born with coldness in their souls. Dog eat Dog world!!! Thank You

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    2. Boy are you territorial 3:16!

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    3. Whatever ... If they didn't take it is cause they didn't try hard enough, different fronts opened up in different spots more crucial than rinky dink nvo laredo...Hahahaha.... Juarez and Tijuana are more important border cities to the federation than nvo Laredo .. Both border cities are known for massive tunnels and several crossing bridges ... Please dude stop believing everything your relatives from mexico tell you, ppl over in tAmps. Are known for making up stories out of boredom

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    4. Agreed stop believing all the Bullshit your ppl in tamps say. If anything this man and his crew had more balls then the CDG put together even though they lost that fight Sinaloense went In The Lions den and brought the fight to them, never will I heard gente de Tamps try and do the same in SIN Because it will Always be Controlled By Sinaloense. People talk a lot of shit about these people but they are pioneers in every aspect of the drug trade and narco related aspects. From the music to the clothing to the lingo. El Barbas will go down in Narco History as the boss of Bosses because of what he accomplished in his life time there will never be another like him and others will always come short to try and imitate him, thats why his people always refered to him as Don Arturo respect to those that earn it and honor to those that deserve it.

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    5. 12:10 Sinaloa is not a good plaza like Tijuana, guerrero, michoacan,colima or tamaulipas so there will never be no outsiders in sinaloa to take that plaza. Yea, at least he tried with his fuerzas especiales. But they went against real fuerzas especiales, the zetas. No match because the original zetas were real Military special forces not like these anthax or damaso special forces lol

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    6. Says who says you ? SIN is just as profitable as any other plaza they have El Puerto de MZT and the Connections SIN is not like all the other plaza you mention they don't extort, rape or murder and worry about being ripped off if people get killed it's mafiosos versus mafiosos its more calm then the other plaza because people know there place. Also I agree but the OG are not from Tamps none were tbh osiel couldn't handle the pressure the federation was bringing so he brought outside help had the Sinaloense done the same you most likely we would be telling a different tale. Arturo Alone was more powerful then anyone else at his heyday like the Corrido said "Los Pinos me dan las Sombra" el pacas de kilo will be more powerful then any leader from the Zetask or CDG that is a fact solo con traición pudieron con el.

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    7. Yeah but arturo is gone

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  7. Great article as always, Otis. Thank you! It's nice to read a bio of El Barbas that actually paints a human portrait of the man. He's such a mythical figure in the narco pantheon, but too often portrayed in Scarface-like terms.

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    1. 9:29 that is how propaganda works, demonize the target, it is 90% of the "job"

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  8. Cadetes de Linares have a good corrido called Arturo el de Culiacan...check it out raza...esta a toda dar gente..Free Mochomo...

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    1. They have a few Los Tres caballeros, El Botas Blancas, And a few others I can't think of. From what I've heard Lupe Tijerina is his compadre

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    2. El señor de las claves-Grupo cartel, Clave Privada-Valentín Elizalde, alineando cabrones & el jefe de las plazas- el Shaka de la sierra, promesa cumplida-los panchitos

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    3. Clave privada is Mayel corrido from the AFO

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  9. We all know this, post some new shit.. #loscorridosdeantesnomienten

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    1. 10:01 why are you reading this "shit"?
      Go read your #corridos de antes
      --and listen to the music, youtube has plenty, ba' bay....

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  10. Arturo was a somebody and all but you can't compare him to the mexican mafia drug titans Like Benjamin Arellano Felix and Amado Carilllo Fuentes. Mexican cosa nostra families.

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    1. Arturo was bigger than anyone else in mexico in his prime. Had the connections and ability to move freely throughout the country without a problem without countries. He was practically unknown to the media until the mid 2000s by that time he already owned all the plazas in mexico. Chapo and the rest of CDS had to report to him when moving shit in his territory and airports. Don't let the corridos fool you, arturo was the real deal.

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    2. I would say that BLO is equally gangster as AFO and CDJ even if none of them like each other.

      CDG/Z are gangster too. Everyone wanted to mob with the Z before they decided to rape women and kill little kids.

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    3. Yes you can.

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    4. 10:05 al ramon arellano lo mato 1 cuico 1, uno, and he was mortally wounded...
      --al barbas lo mataron entre bien muchos...
      --Los demas arellanuses se entregaron solos, y ya train el jabón desenvuelto, menos la ene...

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    5. So what if it was a whole batallion of Gafes navy seals whatever againt Arturo. They kill you and thats that. It takes more balls of steel to go to enemy narco turf when you warrin with a lethal opposition (Mayo/Chapo). It takes more balls of steel to ride in your g ride during the daytime looking for that lethal opposition in their own backyard. And it takes even more balls of steel to know that if you get caughr by the opposition alive for whatever reason, you gonna get tortured to death. I highly doubt that there has been any case where any cornered Mafioso in the history of any Mafia pulled a stunt like RA. Im a firm believer that when its your time to go , its your time to go especially to a man who murdered countless of people starting with his partying days in TJ back in the 80s. That cop arranged RAs meeting in hell by that one mortal gun shot.

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    6. Shows how little 12:43 knows. When CdS was formed it was simply called the federation. Chapo and Mayo got most of the big bosses in Mexico together in Mexico City and proposed they all get together and pool their resources under one roof and creat a super cartel basically. The Federation was born. Under this agreement Chapo was handed all the power because he had the political connections that he personally groomed inside Puente Grande. No one in the Federation had the political connects that Chapo did. They basically had no choice but to agree with Chapo. So Chapo never reported to Arturo, that is false. The boss has been Chapo Guzman and that is why the DEA and US Justice department really wanted his neck.

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    7. 1:59 Arturo started from the bottom as a hitman. Even till his last days starting from 08 he was persecuted until his death unlike any narco in mexican history, do your research how many times se la pelaron.

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    8. You know how all these illetteratters got to be biiig cartel bosses? With airports?
      DFS agents Miguel Nazar Haro and Julian Slim Helu ("el comandante olvidado") of the mexican lebanese brotherhood controlled them airports and trafficking and stolen cars from the US, shaped to the arabs, and all their harbanitos working for them bueno bonito y barato, while Carlos Slim Helu bought himself all the mexican politicians he could corrupt...
      --Now carlos slim is digging the dirt from the New York Times for dirt on epn and co. "Helped by 40 reporters on other countries" if he doesn't get his own pemex contractzzz and tv channels and more Telefonica and hotels, mining concessions, and pederasta tourist spots, all hell is 'ganna' break lose...
      The Ingeniero has had them all by the tail for a looong time.

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  11. Do one on la barbie after this one otis

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    1. La Barbie most hated and feared Pocho .

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    2. Keep the Arellano Felix stories Otis, update on El Min from Florida Correctional??

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    3. Keep the Arellano Felix stories rolling Otis, update on El Min from Florida Correctional??

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    4. La Barbie honored his grampa, El Gitano Valdéz would be proud, --los zetas se la pelaron con La Barbie...

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    5. "El Min", is he still wondering who stole his lunch box?
      When no lower level hijo de la tiznada will even think of it has to be your partner in crime, "el H" also got cogido in guanajuato, being the puppet of el Partida Verde Ecologista Mexicano of el niño verde, asesino feminicida and "environmentalista" for sale to the highest bidder...
      According to Michael Corleone, politicians should do as told, FOR NOTHING, FOR NOTHING ELSE but having been talked to, or they are no good...
      --Politicians will always sell la misma burra to all comers.

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  12. He wasn't scared of shit and his people went head on with anthrax taking out all their og's or ratting them out haha the boss of bosses went out like ur supposed to also too bad Barbie ratted him out
    R-13 los angeles

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    1. Never herd of you.

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    2. 5:54 como no, R es for pedorro.

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    3. El Jefe de Jefes and 4 of his sicarios backed-off the 200 SEMAR effectives for a whole afternoon from the condo they were holed-up in. Only after they started to run out of ammo did the marines dare to enter the building. Estos FEDA y El Botas Blancas
      tenían huevos. - alias el Gila

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    4. I think that is insulation rating, may be unrelated...

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    5. 9:20 tenian huevos de paloma, acabaron siendo de codorniz...
      --Man did not survive the age of the dinosaurs because of their big huevos, embesil...
      --even the dinosaurs did not survive because their big huevos got in the way...the priistas could learn sompim' from them...

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  13. Beltran Leyva was wid it, OG like no other, took 200 soldiers to take him down, and still was betrayed. Gonzalito and El Rojo and others didnt back down either in December 2009.

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    1. Con Traciones se hace LA movida ... Who doesn't get fucked over when you get to the top?

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    2. Can you share some more on gonzalito and on his dad. Where does that family stand now

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    3. Gonzalo didn't back down. he jumped out a window trying to run lol Arturo didn't fight he was killed.shouldn't have bit the hand that fed him

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    4. Nobody fed Arturo Beltran, he was the Jefe de Jefes. Amado was his only boss through out his lifetime. Chapo was a traitor who double crossed him after he kept his business aflot and supplied him with cash while locked up and helping him escape in 01.
      The Federacion made a truce with Golfo in 07, Chapo didn't honor the deal he wanted Laredo and Juarez at any cost.

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    5. Arturo went out fighting. And who fed him? Chapo relied on the BL for years for financing his wars, and when arturo asked for a favor back (he wanted to free alfredo) he refused.

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    6. 12:57 arturo was persecuted and cogido by the mexican army maybe the marinas, foreign killers and genarco garcia luna, ---not by el chapo's 300 empecherados...
      -Blaming el chapo guzman is "way too convenient" to be true...

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    7. Arturo was the true boss of bosses but even with his criminal smarts he could still never defeat the CDG/Zetas. It would be very interesting to see where the narco underworld be if he was alive.

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    8. He didn't defeat them. He never wanted the bloodshed, the one who pushed was Chapo, you have to remember these guys grew up as family together. Arturo was already well established and ran the Monterrey plaza, so he helped Chapo with his top enforcer on that side of the country, la Barbie. Arturo at this time was in Acapulco controlling the plazas with his most trusted lieutenants at the time, El borrado, el Rojo, el Buche, Chaguin working from Mazatlan, Grande in Coahuila. These were the heydays of Arturo Beltran, running under the radar, connections from los pinos, the true jefe de las plazas. Everyone in the underworld knew he was the boss, even Zetas and CDG who were in direct contact with him although not the best. In 07 the CDG & Zetas agreed to the truce some even saying Arturo was now the boss of the Z. He sent a helicopter once to Lazcanos rescue. In the end chapos greed was too much, consumed by the jealousy that his cousin was now the top boss he broke that pact, moving weight in Arturos airports and plazas and continuing the wars in NL and Juarez and finally handing over Mochomos location as an agreement with the gov to take Arturos plazas and most importantly routes and airports. This is the real reasons behind the drug wars

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    9. Most if not all the Araujos are dead,another powerful family. Chalito Araujo was in charge of fighting the Culiacán Plaza with his group of powerful hitman Los Charritos who where led by Beltran Leon El Charritos read up on this guy he was once captured and held in a hospital by the federal police till his goons came and Stormed the place and got him out not to mention when they got in a fire fight with the Feds in LA colonia las Vegas in CLN,SIN where chalito came and rescued them with grenades. Chalito and his goons did not play around Chino ántrax and manuel torres were said to be scared of this kid. If I'm not mistaken chalito killed M1 son inturn he came looking for chalito at their ranch in Badiraguto but chalito have them a fight and send him with his tail between his legs. So M1 kidnapped his younger step brother and his friends and tortured and murdered them all. But chalito died with his godfather in a hail of gunfire.

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    10. Chalito died jumping from the window

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    11. i heard chapo gave up alfredo for his sons release

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    12. chalito didnt die from gunfire.. he jumped out the window to save his ass and died

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    13. Yeah he jumped covered in bullets he was dead before he hit the ground.

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  14. They also knew him as El Tio and El Licenciado. Chapo and Damaso Lopez were on this guys dick so much they had to copy his nicknames too.

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    1. Jefe de las plazas.

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    2. Yeah and Arturo named himself jefe de jefes but Chapo and Damaso played there cards right, now were is arturo

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    3. Damaso hasn't been anywhere near the time Arturo was el Jefe de Jefes. Chapos been humiliated and ridiculed, paraded for the camaras like a sideshow, exactly what Arturo never wanted.

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    4. Arturo is 6 feet deep with an arm blown off and ridiculed on national television with his pants down showing his whitey tighties lol

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    5. 12:59 too much ego, arturo beltran leyva would be about to get released if he had surrendered...
      --matter of fack, he surrendered, according to witnesses, but taking prisoners was not the idea...muchas grassiass...

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  15. El jefe de jefes eso si q Es la neta compare

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  16. This was a real boss. Damn this guys story is just too good. Should be a movie

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    1. You may want to complement, add or just enjoy "la ruta de sangre de arturo beltran leyva"/nexus, de Héctor de Mauleón, trash it too.

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    2. I have learned one thing, it is not the love of your sicarios and compadres that make you the jefe, much less jefe de jefes, but the fact that they all live to satisfy your every whim for free, without any mordidas, none!!!

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  17. Died like a trapped rat with his pants down to his knees.
    We need drug trafficking laws like Iran or China.

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  18. Well he may have been boss of Sinaloa but the CDG who controlled the zetas at that time led by El Mata Amigos ran the Sinaloa cartel along with El Barbas out of NL people forget how big a trafficker Osiel actually was Juan Garcia Abrego left him set up nicely but Osiel had no rival in Mexico at the time of his arrest that's a fact

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    1. Salinas de Gortari had just stolen "la partida secreta", left the army pennyless, and on their own, to make a living, under zedillo's fundillo, the mexican armed forces started sticking it to the biiiig baaad narcos, now the mexican armed forces have some turf, and don't want to let go of any of it.

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    2. Don't tell the truth 5:39 because the Sinaloa fans will boo you off the stage.

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    3. He didn't run Arturo outta NL monterrey was his Plaza and his worked it nicely. Osiel Cardenas is a rat muthaphuckka that had to pull a bitch move to get to where he got that's a fact.

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    4. The CDG put a beat down on the Sinaloa cartel in NL and Monterrey that war turned northern Mexico into ghost towns don't be a Sinaloa cheerleader by lying to yourself saying that El Barbas win that war tell yourself the truth that the zetas and the CDG beat that Sinaloa ass that's the real facts !!

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    5. I never said they won relax I simply said that they did not run Barbas outta monterrey it was still his Plaza. Like I said chinolas went into enemy turf ready for war something the Tampons will never do. Don't be mad cuz you're a CDG D.rider and los chinolas still control 90% of the drug trade that's a fact not a Tamps, not a michoacano or a jalisco will ever come close to Arturo B. Get those fact straight. I know it hurts you like a wound you can't heal but it is what it is.

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  19. It's story's like this which keep me coming back to BB!! Big Love & Respect Otis B Fly-Wheel and keep up the good work guys

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  20. Manolo from ScarfaceApril 1, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    The beltran leyva brothers were not sicario chiefs for cartel leaders when barbie was running around with los chachos. Carillo went out in 97 and the brothers built their OWN route by the time Chapo was out of prison in 2001. When the federacion was running strong and acted against all other Cartels, When Chapo dropped on Mochomo, thats when the federacion fragmented. Arturo was a younger cousin of Chapo, how could he have put Chapo on with the Colombians? I would say it was a Guero Palma because he had his connects thru working for MAFG, and when he dipped to work for the CDS,along with Mayo and Azul he brought in his expertise in cocaína and chapo and mayo and azul focused on their cash crop, lala(mary jane) and dope(heroin). With the infrastructure already in place they just added extra products to the route and exploded in gains. Especially when you grow it and move it up north, even now with the synthetic drugs, they make more money of that than anything else they move. Shouts to Mochomo, kept it 1000%. Chapo and Mayo drop dimes on all but look where it got them, to the top and he touched up Kate del Castillo, Archivaldo is a male version of Zeus, I love it and Mochomo being a stand up man and the heir to all of Mexico, in a US supermax jail for 20+ years if he doesnt rat on el chapo but he is too good and to much of a stand up man. Plus he got Chapo Isidro bringing in millions to Tito beltran, cada quincena this business is fantastic, you lose your soul and bring harm to yourself but if you sacrifice for your family, its like being born into Trap royalty. Its wrong but honestly more nicer people create horrible crimes that are always forgiven for. NYC needs that Malverde, suerte to all out there crossing the Rubicon, splashing and living the life of decadency with poor upbringings and nothing but a dream. As they in Brooklyn, it was all a Dream. Shouts to Alfredo Guzman, Chapo Isidro, el Piloto, el Gallito from Caballeros Templarios/LFM, next generation. Good luck. I love the sinaloan strategy, Drugs Inc. Nothing else. Never ever any violence, only when the woman wants to leave one narco for another. Haaa. When the money low, the honeys Go. #buildingKingdoms

    Brooklyn, New York

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  21. I remember reading the first part of this article from "La Verdadera Historia de Arturo Beltran Leyva" the most accurately depicted story of el Botas Blancas. You're all over the place chronologically Otis but nice effort. Although to my knowledge Arturo and Guero Palma did not work directly with eachother infact Amado Carrillo whom was a mentor and beforehand a boss to Arturo never liked Palmas way of doing business. Also you state the Arellanos and Arturo had a good relationship, first time I hear about this. Add the piece on the Pinedas coming to work for him after he rescued them from a kidnapping from the Colombians. The story about him not wanting part in the rescue attempt on el chapo is false there was never such plans. Arturo himself helped him escape in 2001. Also the Beltran Leyvas worked under Amado until his death not the Sinaloa cartel & it was only Mochomo who was at the top of intelligence for CDS the rest of the brothers were apart from CDS

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    1. I agree 1000% with you. I was thinking all of the same things while reading the article. Mochomo was head of intelligence for Sinaloa and for BLO at the time. He reported to chapo and mayo not to his brothers. He was straight up dropping bombs in DF on corrupt politicians and police. They were paying out a few million a month on bribes and Mochomo was in charge of all of it. And yes, Amado was Juarez not Sinaloa. That is basic knowledge.

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    2. Arturo gave Chapo money when Chapo was in Puente Grande. Arturo brought too much heat thats why he got killed.

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    3. 7:48 is right...otis, you are a little bit off... but yeah nice article though...pretty good read..cant wait for part 2

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  22. thanks for this work

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  23. Viva BB now this is what Iam talking about!!

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  24. Good fucking story.. Hope to read others

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  25. What percentage of cartel capos are from Sinaloa? Anybody know?

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    1. --Fernando gutierrez barrios "el pollo", DFS BOSS was sonoran,
      --manlio fabio beltrones, ALSO FROM SONORA was GUTIERREZ BARRIOS SECRETARIA...
      --El negro durazo was from sonora...
      --Eduardo Bours who burned guarderia ABC, Sonoran
      Looks like Sonoran Mafia has always been behind the throne until el padrino felix gallardo arrived to grab the shitty end of the stick...

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    2. All the capos from sinaloa work for politician bosses headed by Sonorans like former fernando gutierrez barrios' secretaria, "la fabis" manlio fabio beltrones...

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    3. 40% are sinaloa. The rest are tamaulipas, jalisco, michoacan. The other 60% are more low key and don't attach attention like sinaloa

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    4. What are you smoking the 95% of the capos big capos not little fishes come from SIN thats a fact and there are plenty in sinaloa that don't like the attention the salcidos, the Zatarins all of sinaloa has powerful narco families, the Osuna, lizarragas, and those are just some outta the Ranchos from MZT

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  26. Make a movie on him. I know you can. Great article

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  27. Sorry but I have read other stories where the kilo goes for 3 to 5 thousands right at the beach of Acapulco.

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    1. Maybe if its cut with rat poison 10:38 (sarcasm). I assume you are talking about cocaine prices. If you are buying 1 ton of cocaine I can see the mean price going for $5k per kilo. But if you are talking about one kilo for $5k I don't see that happening. The only way you get a deal that good evening in Ikillpoco is if a drug dealer jacked a load from another dealer and he needs to get rid of the cocaine fast. You can get a kilo for $3-$5k in South America before it leaves the continent but the price changes once it hits mexico. Any questions??

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    2. Rat Poison, pinchis viciosos, I thought I had seen it all when I found about bath salts, DRANO and krokodil.
      How did you say it is smoked, or mainlined?

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  28. Great article Otis.
    You guys should check out "Corrido de Arturo Beltran" by Alegres del barranco.

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  29. This guy had the best corridos. Not any nobody group from culiacan had permission to make him corridos or even sing them. Only the best groups could

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    1. Nope. The Aretes has the cream of the crop in corridos. But lets not get into an irrelevant topic shall we

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    2. Corridos chingones, La Rafailita, La Entalladita...
      O el del Sol Perdido, "el Descalzo"

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  30. Great piece, look forward to the next!

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  31. Absolutely gripping article.. great stuff, BB!!

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  32. This is all wrong Arturo started working for chapo when he get fired from the Centro de autobuses for leaving his post to go get laid around 92-93 and since he got fired he started up in the mafia because he had to take care of his kids and brothers and also of all the names you put In the article you forgot his first name "El Ayudante"his mafia connections were because el chapo his cousin this article is completely wrong in certain facts i know because i am a illegal that grew up in mazatlan sinaloa colonia la redonda even went to school with his punk kids always surrounded by a bunch of people being bullies assholes

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  33. Keep up with the good work otis. I really enjoy these posts like the Pablo acosta one and tijuanos on the afo. Would love to read similar posts about old school cdg and z when they were still la compania

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  34. Thanks Otis. Good stuff!
    Mn

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  35. 1:19 u wer the one bullied!

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  36. I'm lost now, I recall reading on here once that Chapo and Los Leyva where raised together, after they lost there mother.. and Chapos mom was like a second mother to the Leyva Brothers... In this story that not really the case

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  37. Otis, great work man on the Arturo piece. I hear your father has had a rough time, I hope he continues to improve LR

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    1. Hi Lucio, yeah he has but he's improving now, broken hip at 80 years old is no joke, but he's a tough old bird. Thanks for your concern and the compliment about the article, part 2 coming soon

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  38. Arturo and Alfredo had lots of influence in Sonora too you guys remember los numeros??

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    1. Had not no more

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    2. If I remember correctly El 7 had them killed for being lacras

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  39. It's what I have always said. Arturo wasn't Chapo's bitch, but Chapo has never been Arturo's either. But back when the Federation formed Arturo Beltran was el jefe de las plazas. He had people all across Mexico. Maybe more so than anyone at any time. From Sonora to Guerrero south, so that speaks volumes. Arturo had always been a man of mystery, it wasn't till his brother went to jail that he went ballistic. I think of all the Capos that have been caught or killed the BLO was the one that splintered the most. Look at all grupos that came after his demise. Arturo's life could be featured in a film or a Netflix series. Oti's did a good job with this write up, there is so much more to mention about. The fued with el M1, the fallout with the Federation in deeper depth. His own bloody rage against his own people in deep paranoa. Etc,
    El Botas Blancas was the real deal and he went out like most say they would.

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  40. Arturo beltran the last narco that didn't bow to the federal government if the barbie would of kept his balls tight there wouldn't be 43 students disappeared and all the kidnapping from cuernavaca to acapulco... checkout el corrido " el potro de la palma con chuy vega" that's the real corridos

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  41. 4:38 u make a good point if Arturo would still be around none of all this bullshit would be happening and y is that because he had everyone in check!!!! They whent after the wrong person!!!!

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  42. When will you guys do a story on MZ?

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    1. I must say it would be nice to do a one on one interview with Mr Zambada. English reporters sometimes get access to capos that US or Mexican reporters don't, as an interested neutral third party. So if you're reading this Mr Zambada get in touch so I can put your side of the story of your life to the BB readers

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