Saturday, March 11, 2017

Arturo Beltran Leyva, the life, the death of "El Barbas" part 3 "The final stand of Don Arturo"

Arturo Beltran Leyva, the life, the death of "El Barbas" part 3 "The final stand of Don Arturo"

Written for Borderland Beat by Otis B Fly-Wheel, with additional material and photos the BB archive.

Subject Matter: Arturo Beltran Leyva, El Barbas, El Fantasma, El Botas Blancas, La Muerte
Recommendation: Read Part 1 of this article here see link
                              Read Part 2 of this article here see link




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

An alliance with the Executioner
As Don Arturo made his plans to take what he saw as rightfully his from the Sinaloa Federation, he realized that he would not be able to do it with the personnel available to him in the BLO. Despite the large amount of crews in his organization ( see crews section in Arturo Beltran Leyva part 2 ), he saw common ground with Los Zetas.

Los Zetas were unhappy at this time with Osiel Cardenas Guillen from the Cartel del Golfo and were making their own plans to split from their parent organization and seize power for themselves. Leading Los Zetas at this time were Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "The Executioner" and Miguel Trevino "El Z-40". Los Zetas also found common ground with Arturo in his willingness to resort to horrific violence to achieve his aims as a first resort.

Arturo arranged a meeting with the heads of Los Zetas in Torreon, Coahuila. At this meeting it was agreed that three cities were key to their plans for domination. Torreon, Acapulco and Aguascaliente. Torreon was a strategic city for drug trafficking and was previously dominated by the Sinaloa Federation.

The war for Torreon was defined when Los Zetas/BLO alliance attacked Carlos Herrera Araluce in Gomez Palacio, Durango, who was key for the Federation in the city. By some miracle Herrera Araluce and his wife survived the attack, and immediately left the country for Spain. Los Zetas then delivered an ultimatum to Lawyer Alberto Romero, who later disappeared in the form of a letter and a video showing the torture of a Police commander of Coahuila, Enrique Ruiz Arevalo.

The Federation and the Juarez cartel retreated from Torreon, next was Acapulco, and another campaign of be-headings, kidnapping, and executions saw the Federation driven from the town. Lastly was Aguascalientes, which suffered the same fate as the other two cities with the Federation being driven out and BLO/Zetas sharing the plaza.

To dethrone the Federation, El Chapo and El Mayo must die

Don Arturo knew that if he was going to kill "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, currently languishing in prison in the USA, that first he would have to get rid of the people protecting him. As Arturo had been in charge of paying off bribes to those in power high up in the Army, PGR and Mexican Government he was uniquely placed to know exactly who to kill. Indeed the Sinaloa Federation had relied on the extravagance of Arturo and his brothers to charm, or bend the arms of those in power so the Federation could continue its drug production, logistics and sales without interference.

Arturo knew that on while El Chapo had holistic protection, to get close, he had to kill those protecting him locally, the Municipal and State Police in Culiacan and the surrounding regions, who were in the position to tip off  El Chapo to any upcoming threats to him or his immediate family.

Arturo also knew that the men of El Chapo were hunting him too, he was moving between Morelos, Cuernavaca and Guerrero, and on the 7th of May he was nearly captured by the Federal Police. El Barbas had been in Cuernavaca,Morelos and was travelling in a convoy along the Autopista del Sol ( Interstate 95D) towards the State of Guerrero.

A patrol of Federal Police had noticed the convoy with its element of a number of support vehicles with heavily armed Sicario's in front and behind a vehicle that they identified might be carrying El Botas Blancas himself. They reported the incident to headquarters and were given orders to apprehend and detain him.

The Federal Police decided to make their move at the intersection of the 95D with Alpuyeca.


Arturo's escort of four vehicles accelerated and left the 95D and sped off down the 21 towards Xoxocotla, after a three kilometre chase that took them into the outskirts of Xoxocotla the Federals caught up with the rearguard vehicles of Arturo's convoy. A confrontation took place and one of Arturo's gunmen Jose Sanchez was killed and one Federal Policeman was also mortally wounded, but the escorts did their job and Arturo escaped.

After finding out who had authorised his capture he set about carrying out revenge. It had been the Chief of Federal Police in Mexico City Edgar Milan and Arturo was going to teach him the error of his ways.

Arturo set to killing with impunity, he first went for two high ranking Police in Mexico City, one being Edgar Milan, who was killed within hours of the attack on Arturo by the Federals, he was killed by Alejandro Ramirez, and the head of the Organized Crime Division of the Public Security Ministry, Roberto Velasco Bravo, this alarmed Mexican high society.

Alejandro Ramirez
Felipe Calderon was infuriated by these assassinations and publicly condemned them, once they were dead he went after the Culiacan Police force with a vengeance and by the end of May of 2008 had killed 116 people that month including 24 Police officers, most of them attributed to Arturo and his Fuerzas Especiales de Arturo among other crews.

The body toll was getting higher and higher, and all sides were rounding on the BLO/Zeta alliance as the other cartels were using their politicians and links to the army and police forces to launch an all out offensive against the BLO. Arturo had over stepped the mark, and the Federation had as much information on the BLO locations as did the BLO on the Federation.

Likely haunts of the BLO were passed onto the Army, Federal Police, PEP, and the Marines as well as the Public Ministry. Two particular locations were earmarked for raiding. Despite being on a war footing, the BLO leadership were carrying on as though it was business as usual, and for the BLO this meant extravagant parties, with bands, prostitutes, cocaine and lots of booze.

The net tightens

The US 7th Special Forces Group had for some time been giving extensive training to the Mexican Marines that tracked down Don Arturo, as confirmed in a WikiLeaks cable, they had had boots on the ground in Mexico and had been giving small unit and electronic intelligence gathering training to the Marines. With the information given up by the Sinaloa Federation Capos, the Marines had found out that on the 10th of December, El Barbas had returned to Cuernavaca from a baptism at Puebla.

His convoy was large and had raised the attention of Ministerial Police and there was a brief firefight  in Hidalgo Avenue and Forjadores Boulevard in which two Judicial Police were injured and one Municipal Policeman was killed, while civilians in the vicinity threw themselves onto the floor and crawled behind what cover they could as the sicarios and Police exchanged fire. El Barbas left five  sicarios and 11 vehicles at the scene.

The five sicarios left behind after the firefight

El Barbas fled by helicopter from the Villa Florida hotel, according to the DEA and Anthony Placido, Don Arturo had been injured in the firefight. The secretary of the Marina later denied that the Don had been injured and said that the following night he had resurfaced in the Los Limeneros sub division, just outside Tepoztlan.

Manuel Briones had joined the BLO from the Metropolitan Police as the successor to El Borrado, and was in charge of security. Briones depended for the Dons safety on the army of halcones that were watching the state forces, and Briones decided as an example he would kill 40 members of his own cartel that were deemed "less than committed".

Manuel Briones
The sicarios that were left behind at Puebla were flown to SEIDO headquarters to be interrogated. One version given up was that Don Arturo had been seen visiting a plastic surgeon at Angeles hospital in Puebla. With all the information gathered from the various sources contributing to the manhunt, the Security Cabinet decided to send the collated information to Admiral Jose Luis Figueroa of the Marines.

Around two in the morning of the 10th of December the Marines arrived as Los Limoneros where the BLO party was in full swing with Don Arturo and La Barbie in attendance, there were Norteno bands and singers including Ramon Ayala, prostitutes, Police Chiefs, Politicians, booze and cocaine flowing freely.

The house in Los Limoneros Fraccionamiento
The three tiers of security surrounding El Botas Blancas had picked up the Marines and were only waiting to be sure of their destination before they warned those at the party. Orders were given and the Don's security detail stood to and awaited the Marines, the ensuing gun battle lasted two hours. By the time of the first engagement, Don Arturo had already left in a Toyota with La Barbie, the remaining Sicario's with orders to delay the Marines for as long as possible.

During the firefight, elements of the Municipal Police and SEIDO of the PGR attended when the gun battle was at its fiercest but declined to join in and retired from the area. The Marines arrested forty people, including eleven Sicarios. The rest were prostitutes and musicians.

In the house itself during the subsequent search, authorities found $280,000.00, 10 weapons, and 1,700 rounds of ammunition. There were three dead resulting from the firefight including someone from a neighbouring house.

The vehicle in which Don Arturo escaped in was found in Cuernavaca. There was traces of blood on the passenger seat door handle and on the seat. One version of events says that El Barbas was again traced by the DEA after receiving medical treatment at a Morelos hospital and that he had actually left his address at the hospital as an apartment that he lived at in the Altitude condominium. Though I find this hard to believe, and that his location at the condominium had been given up by other sources, and some suspect La Barbie of doing just that.


With information of a location in hand, on December the 16th members of the Cabinet for Public Security were informed that in 20 minutes the Marines were going to storm the Altitude apartment complex and arrest Arturo Beltran Leyva. The Marines knew that Don Arturo had paid off members in the 3 levels of Government and that they could not release the information of their plans until the very last moment before launching the operation, if the Don were not to escape their clutches again as he had at Los Limoneros.

The Army had been given a secondary objective of securing a perimeter around the apartment block and the job had gone to infantry of the 24th Military Zone and General Leopoldo Diaz. Ironically the man trusted with the perimeter defence, was due to have dinner with Don Arturo that very day, according to reporter Ricardo Ravelo.

Los Zafiros, who were Don Arturo's outer ring of protection, were giving radio chatter about strange movements in the street. The Marines and most probably 7th SFG radio intercept specialists were monitoring his chatter, and according to the Navy, El Botas Blancas knew about the operation from about 1pm. Around 5pm, a helicopter started over-flying the Altitude apartment complex, about four hours before the shooting started.

A radio call was made for reinforcements for the Don, at around 6pm, "El Guason" and Ricardo Antonio Perez Soto and his bodyguard "El Tuntun", jumped into a vehicle and sped towards their arms stash house at Tepoztlan, they gathered up as many weapons and grenades as they could carry and set off for Cuernavaca. Their plan was to rescue El Barbas and get him to safety.



Also on the radio at that time was Jesus Basilio Araujo "El Pollo" the most bloodthirsty Sciario that the BLO had in Morelos and Guerrero. They arrived next to the Altitude apartments, they could see the impenetrable ring of soldiers, both from the 24th Infantry in the outer ring, and the Marines forming up to storm the building, they changed their plans seeing the number of soldiers on the ground and the formidable arsenal of weapons they had brought with them, deciding instead on taking some of the heat, and to create a diversion which could have let El Barbas escape from the complex, and from a red cross building started launching grenades at the Marines on the ground which signified the start of " the battle of Cuernavaca".

He had 6 Sicarios with him including Jesus Nava Romero "El Rojo" and Gonzalo Octavio Araujo Zazueto " Chaulito Araujo" son of Gonzalo Araujo Payan "El Chalo", La Barbie had disappeared from the apartment and did not respond to radio calls for support to the Don during the upcoming firefight, and many have speculated that this was when the penny had dropped and the Don had realized that La Barbie had given him up. Certainly La Barbie was not involved in the final shootout at the apartment. This certainly would have infuriated Don Arturo into making the decision to make his final stand.



At nine pm the Marines had 200 elements in place surrounding the building, and had evicted all of the inhabitants of Altitude, they knew this would not be pleasant and that given previous dealings with BLO sicarios that they would go down shooting.

The order to storm the apartment was given and the Marines in the helicopters opened up with their 7.62 machine guns, on the ground Marines opened up with machine guns from their armored personnel carriers, while still further Marines on foot hailed Don Arturo's men urging them to give up the fight, the Marines on the ground were attacked by two Sicarios and returned fire killing the two men, while Don Arturo and his men opened up from the window in apartment 201 with AK 47's and hand grenades.

The battle had been raging for nearly four hours before the marines managed to gain an entry into the stairwell leading to the Don's apartment. Sicarios had been at the top of the stairs firing burst after burst of well aimed automatic fire down the stairwell while throwing fragmentation grenades down the stairwell too.



One Marine was grievously injured by the fragmentation grenades and dragged off, while his squad members furiously fired up the stairwell, hurling insults at the sicarios, who, despite their low numbers had the advantage of height in the engagement, which means a lot. Marines had also rappelled down onto the roof of their apartment block and were making their way down the stairwells to take some of the heat off their comrades working their way up from the ground floor.

Don Arturo's bodyguards could not withstand the amount of incoming fire forever, running short of ammo and grenades in the stairwell, the Marines began to gain ground, pepper potting up the stairs while getting covering fire from their comrades below. They got to the landing of flat 201 and shot two of the Sicario's that had kept them at bay for three hours.


The Marines were now faced with breaching El Barbas apartment itself, those left  inside, Chalito Araujo and two other Sicario's were all that were between the Don and the Marines who were bent on revenge. As the Marines stacked up to breach, and the signal was given they breached the door to the apartment and received a hail of fire from inside, two of the Sicario's fell in the return fire, and Chalito Araujo jumped out of the apartment window, and was shot in mid air in the back as he fell to his death on the ground below.


Don Arturo was now alone, for all the money and power and men at his disposal, he now faced his own demise but had not given up, he had a pile of fragmentation grenades and was throwing them out of the apartment door, the Marines that had stacked up for the breach had to retreat to the stair well, and Don Arturo saw his chance and made a break for the lift.

The Marines piled back onto the landing and opened fire, hitting El Barbas in the shoulder, head and chest at close range, Don Arturo fell backwards with the impact of the bullets, dead before he hit the floor in amongst a pile of fragmentation grenade pins. It was over.

The Marine assault had turned Don Arturo's apartment into swiss cheese, every wall showing the pockmarks of bullet strikes that had come from the air and the ground forces. Large blood stained patches on the floors where his Sicario's had been shot and bled out.


Sicario lays dead on the floor of apartment 201
What happened next would have consequences for the Marines, and in my opinion was not worthy of a professional organization like the Mexican Marines. They dragged Arturo's body back into the apartment and in an effort to humiliate him, pulled down his pants, and adorned his body with bank notes and gold. Society had deemed that Don Arturo had to die and that in itself is justice, what the Marines did smacked of revenge which is a dangerous motive. Once the Don was dead, he had paid his dues to society with the ultimate sanction, and was once again square with the house. I have not put pictures of Don Arturo's dead body in this article because of this reason.




The Aftermath
As I said in the previous chapter, when the Marines tried to humiliate the corpse of Don Arturo, that would have consequences, and since that incident and its aftermath, the Marines when taking out a high ranking narco have pretty much acted more professionally and not indulged in their baser instincts when their blood is up.

The Marine that died in the "battle of Cuernavaca" was Navy Master Melquisedec Angulo Cordoba, after his funeral the day after the battle, Zeta associates of the Beltran Leyva Organization tracked down the family of the Soldier and slaughtered them, his mother, sister, brother and another family member.


Navy Master Melquisedec Angulo Cordoba

The Zetas that were responsible for coordinating the death of the Navy Masters family were caught and duly imprisoned for their murders.


Saying farewell to Don Arturo
Don Arturo's funeral was held shortly after his body had been claimed by his family members, there was a huge funeral cortege with many in the narco world sending flowers, the press were there as they usually are, and a large amount of undercover police disguised as press hoping to nab another narco or two that attended the funeral to pay their final respects.

Funeral cortege of the Don

There was a further twist, when Don Arturo was finally laid to rest in his mausoleum a decapitated head was left on the steps, many have speculated why this food worker was killed and decapitated but I have not seen a reason published. His body was left on another grave 150 yards from his head.









161 comments:

  1. Chapo betrayed and snitched on Arturo and Mochomo

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    1. This is the best comment on here

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    2. He went out like a straight God. The guy jumped out the window, not so much.

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    3. God... you dumb stop glorif in that piece of shit beltran

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    4. Mochomo got caught his dope fiend brother blamed chapo

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    5. From this article the Beltran betrayed the federation to move weight with the Tetaz. So they are the traitors

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  2. The artwork was taken from a historietta?

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    1. The artwork for all 3 articles in the series was done by Narcomics as a collaboration with borderland beat. I asked them for some images, and specified for a few what I particularly wanted. I think they did and awesome job

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    2. Thanks Otis for your answer.

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  3. Ultimately, not even the jefes de jefes could stand up to the might of El Chapo Guzman.

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    1. Arturo was a coke head no brains.
      El Chapo is a mastermind a strategist ,a genuis .but when the CIA wants you sooner or later they find you

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    2. Chapo bitched out three times. Now he gets to rot in a cell.

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    3. Arturo the bitch he had to click up with tetaz

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    4. Chapo is biggest one he had to click up with the Government

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  4. Asi mueren los de Sinaloa rip to el jefe de jefes a true boss always remember his last words according to the Marines was "puro Sinaloa " that's craxy

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    1. He was all coked up and drunk listening to corridos

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  5. nice story, homes

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  6. Very educational. The story neatly ties lots of things I was confused about. Thanks for posting it.

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  7. Very educational. The story neatly ties lots of things I was confused about. Thanks for posting it.

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    1. It truly was educational.
      Thanks for the insight.

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    2. @9:34 I agree with your comment. Very deep article. And the art work was good. Once again GREAT JOB AND A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE BB TEAM

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  8. Don arturo the last great capo well we know we know what type of nuts u like

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  9. Guzmans personally requested for the humiliation of don's corpse as they are their signature killings, ex.executed blo all over sinaloa and the execution of el bravo for not doing his job

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    1. Wrong the Sinaloa capo went in a war vs the arm forces this was a revenge from the Marines that why the sicarios from cuernava kill the the family of the Marine who shot Arturo beltran

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    2. Bravo was killed by contras,he was defending and was caught.Guzmans didnt kill him for not doin his job?

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    3. Arturo Beltran Leyvas war was with genarco garcia luna fronting for fecal and epn. The marina muscle just did the job for them, the colombians and the US puppet masters...

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    4. Bravo was found tortured after they caught chapo the second time. It was chapo that got him killed

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    5. 7:39 I guess, BASED ON YOUR ASSERTIONS, that la chapa gave you the contract on El Bravo, and you delivered.
      OK, i'll eat a poor boy in your name...

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    6. It was damaso that kill bravo. Bravo already knew how had betrayed chapo.

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  10. And that's why senor isidro is who he is a man well respected and smart

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    1. La chila is hiding under a rock, he is more meaningless every day, like being "saved" for another day.

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  11. Nice story, I am shocked that there is an effort not to show the well known photo of Arturo with his pants pulled down.

    Very kind of you to be so honorable for a coke head that killed by the thousands.

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    1. 11:54 google images and see arturo beltran leyva in his tight black panties all day, pervert.

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    2. The same thought occurred to me,who cares if they pulled his trousers down,fuck him.Not professional,give us a break

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    3. Jahaa the marines were mad because his lieutenant el rojo decapitated 9 military officers in Chilpancingo and el comandante maganña killed over 12 military soldiers in that shootout in Acapulco were they tried to detain Arturo , plus they said one marine died in the operation where Arturo went down but I heard it was more than 7 dead Marines jajajaha oh well it looks like he never set a foot back in jail . Maybe to the marines it was a sour victory

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    4. When you act like those you persecute its called hypocrisy. What makes you better than them??

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    5. @6:22 ur and idiot

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  12. This dude tryed killing Cuini from Jalisco cartel and his brother,till this day they don't know why Arturo wanted to kill them...They found out he had a hit on them so they went to Colombia to hide,this is before they were powerful... Cuini was cool with Indio,Barbie used to eat at Cuinis apartment, something happened that he wanted to kill them...

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    1. abagail was a nobody. they arrested him because he meant nothing, he got rich quick off all the meth they sent up north but had no idea how to run a criminal organization. He was in menchos way and mencho had him arrested.

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    2. El barbas had one too many lines of cacaine one too many times, even distrusted la barbie, and his buddies, and after la barbie chose "ell jj" for his areja, el compayito of la mano con ojos and el Indio tried to have.their own organization, all they got from "COMMISSIONER ALFREDO CASTILLO was betrayal,
      --Castillo got "sent" 40 000 pesos but did not receive one cent.
      --"$400 000 dollars" said el compayito" of la mano con ojos...
      --I believe "el compayito"...

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    3. @10:08 ain't that the stupidest shit IV heard! Mencho didn't snitch on him,a Colombian did! They know who snitched him off. And the Cuinis probably haven't sent dope to the USA in about 10-15 yrs...U don't need to send dope to USA to make money...Almost all Thier money was made in Guadalajara and Europe

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    4. 8:23 well, making money from other parts in the world, robs the owners of drug trafficking in the US, so, that is even worse than just not paying your tax, piso or "plaza", you robbing the boss, taking His bread from His and His children's mouths... Cuini, no good.

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  13. Wonder why the left that head there

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  14. I heard that chalito was a crazy mo fo. I guess he went out the way the pistoleros always go down. Where all the araujos pistoleros?

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    1. His father committed suicide. He was involved in the narcos too. It's interesting Chalito decided to go out the same way his dad did.

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    2. I believe el chalito was.murdered and thrown out the window.
      His buddy "el charrito" now in prison is all that remains of his gang, and his father El carro Araujo, father in law of la barbie, and all the widows..."nice job".

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    3. @10:16 any more info on the Charritos? I never knew Barbie was married into the Araujos. Anyone know if that family still in the game? And if they are with who? How about That Aislin :)

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    4. El charrito was a pistolero of the Gonzalo "chalo" araujos and apparently a rapist, only one of the gang remaining and in prison. I googled him a while ago try it.

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    5. I think you mean puma washo was married into the Araujos he was Chalitos brother in law. The Charritos were always effective they gave Manuel Torres and his boys the most trouble. Had a gun fight In La colonia las vegas with the feds in that fight I think it was el culeco who died he was Chalitos cousin. Always Chalito little brother was kidnapped and murdered by M1 even though he had nothing to do with the war he just stay at his house and played video games.

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    6. I heard Chalo was forced to kill himself by Mayo for either losing a multi million dollar load or killing a compadre of Zambada, maybe a combination of both those. Either way not much info I could find on him or the Charritos but either way they seemed like they were the real deal. Interesting that's Chalo was Mayo people and the son and cliqua went to BLO.

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    7. Union|Jalisco/ Magistrados cuidan a rival de El Chapo|Union Jalisco| jalisco...Jorge Ruben Beltran Leon.
      By Redaccion, union jalisco

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  15. Awesome work!!

    We have been waiting a long time for this :)

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  16. Chivis & BB Team,

    There was a recent arrest in Tampico of an Italian mob boss who has been on the run for 19 years. His name is Giulio Perrone and if you need help translating an Italian article, or help with background/history, I would be more than glad to.

    P.s. If he was in Tampico, would this mean the CDG were protecting him?

    Cheers!

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  17. Viva el botas blancas!!

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  18. A HUGE THX TO OTIS FOR THIS. I can't wait to get home to read this. It is like a awesome dessert to end the day. Checking in from another NARCO area, South Fla...

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  19. After Dona Artura was killed they should have mashed that sick scumbag though a wood chipper. His last order had a dozen people chainsawed alive while he sat and laughed. This is one sick SOB. Want pics of his desecrated slob ass body? Just google his name and images or don artur and images. What you will see is what he deserved. He was a worthless mass murderer who enjoyed butchering people alive.

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    1. 1:18 ohmaigad! All you need is to pint some evil horns.on Doña artura's pelona. Te la van a dar de polesia, o si quieres una de politico o soldado, también hay.

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  20. This picture of Arturo Beltran Leyba is availabe in Pinterest:

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  21. Arturo was a crazed hyena mass murdering madman. He enjoyed having people dismembered and chainsawed alive in front of him. He even at times himself yielded an axe and butchered people alive while begging for mercy. Be they innocents or rivals. He was a dirtball spawn from hell. He would laugh while people were murdered. Such a sick demented monster who deserves no diginity even in death.

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    1. Drugs will do that 2 you. Make you lose all your inhibitions. Along with your effing mind. The same drugs so many people here want 2 see legalized. - Sol Prendido

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    2. Agreed. The guy was a monster who deserved a far worse death than he got.

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    3. Exactly,thery should have thrown his coked ass out the window,never mind pullin his jeans down Marina did a good job WITH NO SHAME

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    4. El Barbas Got played like a spider, that's all.
      Mexican politicians know a lot of tricks, they have people studying tricks and tactics from The Prince to the Art of War, and consultants all paid very well.

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  22. Not a fan of narcos but I give him credit he went down fighting like a real capo showed a lot of balls not like some capos you guys know who I'm referring to

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    1. And learn the bad way not to mess with la marina, also he was coked out of his mind...so no credit given.Now narcos see the merinas and give thems selves up. No le hacen al vivo.

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  23. Arturo Beltran was a traitor he had an alliance with los Zetas before Alfredo Beltran was captured ..
    La Barbie hates Zeras with a passion because they killed his brother and a lot of his people .
    I dont blame La Barbie for not sending reinforcements.

    Atte GxNx

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    1. That's true the zetillas went out to hunt him, but they ended up beight hunted instead. La Barbie, any info on him or updates by the way?
      -💯

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    2. Zetas killed Barbie's friend, not his actual brother. Lol

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    3. La Barbie was and is a little bitch, like your Chaputo!

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    4. Shut up with your clueless comment mijo, you know nothing about this.

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    1. It was widely known that Don Arturo wodnt Allow kidnappings for ransom ,extortion, stealing .sexual abuse or innocents anything like that because they were brutally punished, people knew the consequences and thought about it ,the consequences were death by beheading only traffickers and corrupt politicians were targetted

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    2. He did allow it since he cliqued up with los zetas and his p.o.s followers killed that marines family.

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    3. This punk arturo and his family targeted innocents.still till this day so get your shot right @10:45

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    4. In case you don't know it was hector Beltran el H who ordered the execution of that marines entire family out of anger and frustration for the way his brothers corpse was displayed publicly on tv .

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  25. Very well written article and a great read. What a powerful man he was. A real life scarface. Thanks borderland beat - from New Zealand

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  26. Makes total sense to me now why Barbie turned him in. Arturo was declaring war on everyone allied with CDS, including the government, and Barbie knew it would be the end of them.

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    1. He betrayed everyone by working with zeta before that whole chap mochomo false story that arturo made up so hi's pact with zeta stayed hidden

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  27. very cool Otis B Fly-Wheel i like what you did with Arturo Beltran

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  28. Painful to read.

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    1. Stop crying for someone who didn't give a F about you

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  29. Alfredo Beltran Leyva, "el mochomo" worked with el chapo until he got arrested, there were no problems between el barbas and la chapa until then, both mochomo and la chapa agree la chapa did not snitch.
    --El H Héctor beltran leyva denied la barbie the sucession to replace el barbas...both are in prison now
    --vicente carrillo fuentes denied el barbs the leadership of cdj and he is in prison now, amado's son vicente carrillo leyva is in prison too, other carrillas dead too, and la chapa, the surviving narcos that put together the elimination of the biiig capos from golfas, cds, cdj, blo, cf caf and los zetas nobody accuses them much, they used them all and threw them on the floor like used toilet paper, who sends the marinas to exterminate? Felipe calderon got elected with millions of votes donated by governor of Estado de Mexico enrique peña nieto, who used to share "el barbas" Toluca Edomex. Airport hangars by parking there his helicopter and planes and his friend, buddy and protector for mordidas and kickbacks, genaro garcia luna chief of the country's SSP federal who EL BARBAS had chased and followed until he went for the "conference" and agreed "to deliver "on deals" as he had agreed and they was accorded.
    There was where el barbas earned the humiliation on top of his murder el barbas was not persecuted to arrest, the order was murder, he was dealing with chilangos, all of mexico is dealing with chilango satraps worse than all the narcos put together, their price was impunity to carry on with the drug trafficking and they got it, including a new airport in Toluca Edomex for her majesty's satanic presidente, epn, who murdered the farmers and got more than 40 women raped in prison to get them out of the way in Atenco.
    Also el borrado and el mp were.murdered by the government not by el barbas, he needed friends, not to execute them, if their mother "confessed" to the government on tape, it was just to seed discord with the pineda villas family of the wife of Don Abarca, Maria de los angeles pineda villa de abarca, lover of governor angel aguirre mafioso amigo de epn and the ruben figueroa alcocer satrapy.
    Betrayed el barbas from all sides, everything went to hell, la chapa is gone now too, but they were not the worst of the bad boys there, not los zetas either, it was always epn and co.
    If you check year by year who was president and who was on his way there, it is like a veil gets pulled from your sight, start with the murder of Kiki Camarena, follow the money...

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    1. Los chilangos son la peor escoria que te puedas encontrar. Muy rara la vez que te encuentres uno que sea honesto. Estos están demaciado quemados entre toda la gente hispana. Hay mexicanos en este mundo. Y aparte son los chilangos. La fama que se cargan nunca es buena. - Sol Prendido

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    2. A really excellent breakdown, the "capos" have always been puppets on a string

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      You are a sad individual.

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  30. R. I. P. to "El Barbas" aka "El Botas Blancas aka "La Muerte" a real narco.

    Mascarita Sagrada

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    1. There is no rest in Hell! Fuck that piece of shit!

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  31. The cds blo war completely changed the landscape of cartels in Mexico. With so much blood spilled for no reason, no one wins.

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    1. 9:09 carlos salinas de gortari, Carlos slim helu, Carlos ahumada kurtz, Carlos hank gonzalez and carlos hank rohn, all win, add epn and his Elite Zeta narco-gobernadores, his polizetas and military madrinas del narco and cjng, they are all winning for now, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.

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  32. Dumb fucks chapo and mayo. Don Arturo was the keystone of the Sinaloa cartel.But they envied his power at a younger age. And of course had to rat on him. As ive said before sinaloa is fighting for scraps nowadays.

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    1. Your the dumb dumb

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    2. Nah im pretty sure they are, chapo in prison for life. Mayo Zambadas close family all dead or in prison. Wasnt like this back then. The Beltranes had their back.

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    3. Arturo was dealing with zeta behind every ones back he was the pendejo. Then he makes up a story that chapo gave up mochomo location everyone knew were mochomo was at in culiacan. He lied about that to cover up that he was working with the zeta. All I got to say is FUCK THAT PUTO

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  33. La barbie one of the biggest traiors (RAT) in the history of the mexican dope game

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    1. Wonder where he is now. He plead guilty and never got sentenced? Hasent been any new on barbie for awhile

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    2. 9:22 ralphie boy all the mexican capos and narco-chaqueteros together, from the past and the present, are not half as evil as epn, he was born a criminal and raised a criminal by criminals from atracomulca, the cuna de lobos of mexican politics.

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    3. Barbie didn't do anything that hadn't been done before. The only partner he turned in was el Barbas and that was probably because he realized Arturo was going to destroy their organization with his war on the government. And every major capo in Mexico turns in their rivals if they can't, or don't want to use the resources to eliminate them.

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    4. He's no rat he's smart

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    5. Arturo was sunk his own ship

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    6. Why wouldnt they fight the goverment...why dont all fkn narcos fight the fkn goverment...Arturo was not wrong for declaring war on the politicos

      .fk them!!

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  34. I think that the formation of the zetas by the cdg was the true game changer.

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    1. Or maybe Zetas were created to imitate FEDA

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  35. No wonder BLO is no joke just look at their leader starring down 200 marines and still decide not to give up now thats having mad balls many would of ran out the apartment and gave their ass to the marines !!!

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    1. He's dead so what does he do now with his balls?

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    2. He took an eightball of coke to the head and thought he was superman but got killed. End of story

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    3. It wasn't balls, it was fear. He had killed many soldiers, officers, and govt officials. He knew that in their hands, that he would die a slow painful death. He crossed the line and there was no going back.

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    4. @ 9:32 pm he goes down in history as the boss of bosses .

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    5. @6:08 Yes, because having the nickname boss of bosses really helped him avoid being betrayed by those close to him like Barbie. Being the boss of bosses really helped him avoid being betrayed by the Sinaloa Cartel. If he was such a boss he would have avoided such things. But they never do. Because all these clowns have an expiration date. Quit getting caught up in fancy nicknames. He goes down in history as a drug lord who was gunned down in an apartment building. Nothing more.

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    6. Regardless of him being a drug lord or not he still was a very powerful individual controllinv all illegal activities in a number of states .He told generals what to do . For someone without a formal education i think he did more than you and me put together.

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    7. Legacy is what you leave behind after you die. Boss of bosses. What's your legacy? Keyboard king sounds interesting but it won't take a 3 part series.......

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  36. I don't think the Marina desecrated the corpse. There are before and after photos and it has been alleged some of the forensics guys or federal investigators did it, not the Marina.

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  37. Otys always doing a great job man 👍. Good articles, I'm a fan since way back in the days, years. I give you many props, you deliver what no other site offers. This goes to all the members at BB.
    -💯

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  38. Although his sons are in prison, Mayo is the only chief left in power with freedom!

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    1. The most important one, after El Niño, is still free. Flaco is just like his father and already manages most of his dads operations.

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    2. Freedom to hide out in the hills like a cayote thats about it no real life

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  39. The lesson to be learned is don't allow your armed forces, matazetas, zetas, blo, to gain too much power!
    Oh well, many nations have failed at that and paid the price!

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    1. And those 2 out of 3 were working for CHAPO

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    2. BLO worked with El Chapo not for him, don't get it twisted.

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  40. I understand not putting his picture up after he's dead... but then why put a picture up of a man's head with a flower in his ear... Im almost 50% sure the guy didn't walk around with that in his ear all the time. Good read tho. Cheers

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  41. Ok . Hate to get your dander up by criticizing . My comment will probably get culled because of it but . Starting out I will agree it was somewhat out of order to humiliate the body. The part I don't agree with is "paid in full. How many worthless evil bastards does it take to pay for a good persons life ? There is no true justice . There is no equal pay when you kill a mass murderer . I do understand the value system I see expressed by some . I get it and know how you think . God I hope this kind of mentality in the world stays a minority .
    Then I get the impression that everybody blames enforcement of the law for so much murder among the criminals . Sounds to me like this sorry asshole launched it . No matter what the authorities did they would be killing wholesale down there . If you will remember back , one of the ways enrique camarena got a line on rancho buffalo was they were killing the workers rather than pay them . Blame anybody you want except the criminals . The crackdown is why it is only as bad as it is . Without it mexico would have already ceased to exhist

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    1. 7:00 i believe you are hopeless and dumb.
      Before doña "artura" got murdered, the PRI regime of "so called" president ernesto zedillo was murdering wholesale. Genarco garcia luna was on his way with his newly created. AFI, 5he corrupt mexican Agency Federal de Investigaciones, out of business now... they were the murderers, not so much any narco.

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  42. Thanks Otis. And all at bb!
    Mn

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  43. Straight B*1ch move killing the marines family.

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    1. When you disrespect a capo of that magnitude what do you expect? Every action has a consequence , in my opinion the Marines acted childish by trying to humiliate a dead body . Plus that's not the whole story they forgot to mention that it was Calderons government who released the name of the dead marine ,allowing the criminals to locate his family , in other words the government should have never released that information publicly !!!

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    2. No the marines were on a hunt to kill him and leave his children without a father so he did wat was right and that's wat should happen to all dumb stupid ass military who allow the power of the government to manipulate they dumb ass into thinking that they are apart of the system only to be used as cannon fodder to fight wars and they don't get shit but some copper as medal, if that's your life value Arturo did they ass a favor so maybe the next life will be more valuable

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    3. The Beltrans prey on innocents and they think there tuff doing it. P...s.es if you ask me

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    4. Agree 7:17, there is no reason to kill the family (innocents), the marine was doing his job un like that coke out of his mind piece of $#!7 that tried to play macho with out thinking about leaving his Children fatherless. He could of easily give up like his brother mochomo.

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  44. if Arturo knew about the operation hours before why he didn't leave?

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    1. I once read in Processo that the reason they knew where he was at cause someone from his crew put a tracker in his shoe...And it makes sense cause he barely escaped the baptism and they got to him weeks later at the condo where he was killed,it wasn't Barbie who snitched on him

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    2. In the catel the book by don winslow it said barbie bought him boots and it had a tracker in the them. And barbie felt bad because arturo just gave him an expensive watch

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    3. yea i read something like that too but as the article says "arturo knew about the operation from about 1pm. Around 5pm, a helicopter started over-flying the Altitude apartment complex, about four hours before the shooting started." he had hours to get out of the danger zone but he preferred to stay instead. this is the part i dont understand.

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    4. The article said ABL was meeting a military General. Maybe the meeting was at that location assertions that time. Kinda like a set up

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  45. what do u think chivis why Arturo didn't leave knowing they were there to get him? maybe he was too confident or he decided to go out like Tony? its very weird cause he knew it

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  46. Must have spent time with his guest edecans, and a lot of blow before the shootout, maybe expected reinforcements that never arrived.

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    1. something like that...he was very dumb that day he thought he was going to win with 4 sicarios against 200 marines..funny part he knew about the operation since 1pm, the shooting started at 9pm. thats 8 hours time to get the hell out of that apartment.

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  47. I'm more intrigued with group's SIGINT work down there. Very interesting.

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    1. 5:34 yeah, kind of rises the stakes, "it cost la chapa a pretty penny just to get doña Artura"
      We want to talk to you, but don't call, we will call you.
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  48. La revista Proceso, informó que una de las cinco personas detenidas durante el operativo en el fraccionamiento Altitude declaró que el capo ya había sido informado de algunos movimientos extraños a las afueras de su lujoso departamento, pero “confió en que su gente tenía todo controlado y que nada ocurriría”.

    VERY VERY DUMB MOVE BY ARTURO

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    1. For those that dont know Arturo planed a meeting with a general in the military at Altitude. He was told dont be alarmed if he saw soldiers they were there for protection. The meeting was to "fix things" but it was all a lie and a trap. The general never arrived. By the time they wanted to escape they were surrounded.

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  49. Nice... I got some good info. Thanks Otis

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  50. that makes sense. im curious why he didn't call 200 of his killers to come and save him, he had thousands of armed people ready at his disposal. i know he called barbie but thats not enough specially after he told him to surrender. he resisted four hours thats enough time to gather as much as possible sicarios to come and save him

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    1. Even if he had 200 killers it wouldn't have been enough. The Mexican Army had the place surrounded and were probably monitoring his calls with equipment from the DEA. If his men were coming due to an order from Arturo the Army would have been ready. It would have been a suicide mission.

      Cartels usually use guerrilla tactics when dealing with the Army. A straight up fight when the Army is prepared the cartels usually will not win which is why you don't see it happen often. The Army has too many men even for a cartel as powerful as BLO.

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    2. He had thousands? Lol, stop listening to corridos. May "thousands" work for the cartel but not all are ready at his disposal,loyal enough, or are even gunners.

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    3. "Even if he had 200 killers it wouldn't have been enough."

      yea yea i know LMAO im just sayin with all that power he had he went down like a small cell leader.

      "He had thousands? Lol, stop listening to corridos"

      i don't listen to corridos buddy. Rafael Cardenas Vela the nephew of Osiel Cardenas had about 500 armed men at his beck and call. here is the article
      http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/03/nephew-of-mexican-cartels-ex-boss.html, and hes not even half of what Arturo Beltran was...so you're completely out of subject.

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    4. Just so you guys get an idea chapo isidro is said by a sicario who gor caight and interrogated he said to have 600 armed men ready to fight and protect the plaza , el rojo in guerrero had also the same amount of people in guerrero we are talkin 1200 armed sicarios from 2 of his lieutenants so yeah we can safely saod he did have thousands ,my guess is he called la barbie because la barbie was in charge of Morelos for BLO so he had all the contacts to the sicarios his other liutenants were too far away but la barbie had already betraywd him

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    5. @ 9:27 AM I'm not a fan of Arturo (he killed way too many innocents) but he went down like a gangster. He fought to the death even though he knew he would die... Even if you hate the man give credit where credit is due. That takes balls...

      El Chapo never shot one shot and he definitely could have but the only conclusion I can come to as to why he didn't is because he was scared... You got a better reason why El Chapo didn't shoot, please tell me....

      Arturo was a gangster 110%...

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    6. @ 11:20 PM i dont hate Arturo Beltran his story is the most fascinating of the narco game...and El Chapo didnt fight because he was a fool... and look where he is right now caged in a USA jail...

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  51. I'm sure he used a lot of coke having an unlimited supply of the pure stuff but I don't think he was as big of a cokehead as people are making him out to be.

    The guy was clearly fat. Anyone who is fat is not going to be using a lot of cocaine. Coke kills the appetite and makes the metabolism faster. You get skinny when you use it all the time. He probably used a lot but also drank alcohol a lot etc...

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    1. You are ready talking about meth, by the way what was the name of some fat politician here in the U.se or Canadá that was a crack addict? When you are fat ur fat.

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    2. 6:39-Rob Ford,Mayor of Toronto,Canada.He died of a rare form of stomach cancer after going through rehab.

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    3. 12:12-I know a guy that does lots of coke and he's fat.He drinks a lot daytime and eats but stops drinking at night and does coke.His wife is a crackhead and is fat.She's also been on methadone for 11 years and has switched to hydramorphine on account of undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.I bet the doctor's don't know her crack addiction.

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    4. @12:12 That's my point... Your friend likes to drink as much as he likes coke... Trust me on this true cokeheads are skinny.... Cokeheads don't drink much because when they drink they want to use coke...

      I'm sure Arturo used a lot but some people are strong enough to control the drug and not let the drug control them.

      Arturo was more than likely a weekend warrior when it came to cocaine. There is absolutely no way he was using everyday with how fat he was.

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    5. Dumbest thing I've ever heard. I'm guessing guys like Chris Farley & John belushi didn't OD from coke after all. Talk about what you know.

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    6. @9:14 Chris Farley wasn't a cokehead. His favorite drug was alcohol. Same with John Belushi. This doesn't mean they didn't use a lot of cocaine but to act like they were doing coke like Tony Montana is ridiculous.

      It is a proven medical fact that doing a lot of cocaine will make you lose weight. Google it and see all the articles written by doctors on this issue. There are literally hundreds of articles on it.

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  52. Great job otis nice article it gives alot of insight

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  53. Pretty obvious you are still in awe of that dead pile of shit you keep calling a Don. Without seeming racist, I have to say, Mexican cartels have taken being a gangster to a new low. Don't get me wrong, I would never glorify these scoundrels but atleast the Mafia (italian), Irish etc.. made it strictly about business. They didn't go around capturing civilians on buses and butchering them. They seem more interested in outmatching each other in how depraved & psychotic they are. If one cartel beheads 20, the other burns 70. nothing more than serial killers period. Too stupid to understand that war is bad for business - it brings to much heat. Regardless, I only wish Mexico had a death sentence so these dumbfucks could be fried.

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  54. yo Otis B Fly-Wheel what about the other capos that have fallen would you do a trilogy like this? that would be very cool!!!

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  55. Use the search function on the main page, and look for
    Pablo Acosta El Zorro de Ojinaga for another 3 parter
    and I also did one on Manuel Torres Felix M1 you could search for that also

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