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Friday, May 28, 2010

Mexican Drug Lord Killed in Shootout

By Nick Valencia

The alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva drug trafficking organization was killed in a shootout with federal forces in northern Mexico, state media reported.

Pedro Roberto Velazquez Amador, alias "La Pina," was killed in a shootout Wednesday morning, hours after a military convoy patrolling the San Pedro area in Monterrey was attacked by gunmen.

Velazquez was killed in the subsequent shootout, state-run Notimex news agency reported.

Pictures from a local newspaper showed the body of a man believed to be in his 30s and said to be Velazquez, lying in a puddle of water with a firearm in his hand.

Velazquez is the alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel in San Pedro, according to the National Defense Secretary of Mexico.

However, recent reports say the fractured Beltran Leyva cartel has been splintered into warring groups.

Mexican-American drug trafficker Edgar Valdez, known by his moniker "La Barbie" for his light complexion and blue eyes, is claiming leadership over the cartel.

The military says it seized three small arms, 30 rounds of ammunition, a laptop and two vehicles during the shootout.

In December 2009, the co-founder of the Beltran Leyva cartel Arturo Beltrán Leyva, was killed in a luxurious apartment community during a 90-minute shootout with the Mexican navy.

The Mayor of Cancun, Greg Sanchez, was detained by federal police Tuesday at the airport on suspicions of money laundering and allegedly helping protect the Beltran Leyva and Los Zetas cartel.


  1. Could this story have run without the blood and gore? Although this story is about a victory for the Mexican Government, Mexico is portrayed as a horrible place. This is not constructive to present facts with a photo hardly fit for a tabloid. This is not about sensibilities. After all, you warn readers that you post inappropriate shock photos. It is about making this blog constructive. The cartels want public fear.

  2. If we in Mexico can see this shit every day, the world should see it too, so they can see what we live every day. Quit living in denial, Borderland Beat is a good source because they don't sugar coat it. It is real and it is tragic, I can't believe some people still deny this is happening, but we who live this nightmare of fear, we knew the truth!

    I laugh when people talk about reputation, in other words don’t show that "bad" the public fear is not in the blog, but on the streets from the people who live in the middle of it.

    Wake up!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Sooner or later it may occur to the potential criminal element in Mexico that the idea of glamor money --- has a real down side, let the criminals suffer fear, the entire country of Mexico has been held hostage -- I think every youn man in Mexico needs to see pictures just like "La Pina" maby they would think twice beforetaking the easy way-- anyone can be a criminal but in most functioning countrys the price can be high.

  5. I agree...this is NEWS!!!! It is not what your neighbor heard someone else say, or a rumor, this is what is going on in Mexico!! I think this blog is a great source for inisight on what's happening across the border.

    People know this blog is full of pictures and blogs, can't handle the blood? Don't look at it.

  6. I can't believe someone has the nerve to say "Could this story have run without the blood and gore?"....what the hell do you think is going on out there. This isn't movie that is going to come to a happy ending with background music. Borderland Beat is laying it out there for all to see in all its reality. If you can't take the heat get the hell off this site.

    I have shared this site with many friends in the North...the ones that don't understand how close to home this really is. Don't change anything and thanks for your truthful and uncut reporting.

  7. I agree, if you want sugar coated news or blogs, hit up the news on TV.

  8. I agree this what all the people in Mexico are exposed to every day & night. The world needs to see this. God watch over the innocent people.....

  9. To Bob....this situation in Mexico is a reality wether you see the picture or not this what is going on in Mexico....To try to discount or put this situation in a better light does not seem possible....Mexico today is different and still changing due to drug violence and this is a true reality.

  10. hey Bob, no dis-respect but maybe you should go read cnn if you don't want the blood and gore.

    Besides, its a dead drug lord with a gun in his hand.

    if anything we should see more of these.

  11. I agree 100% People need to see the Real World shit that takes place over in Mexico on a daily basis. Why sugar coat it and not post the picture?

  12. I agree with others, let the truth be told and shown!

  13. when you entire this site, you should realize that this is an unfiltered, truth seeking, website that wants you to SEE what is really happening. if its a problem, don't come to the site. but if u do want to know whats going on, be mature, and dont whine about graphic content.

  14. i am a realitive of "la Barbie " and he has confirmed he now is the full capo of the BLO

  15. Bob, this was a fairly tame pic, in fact. At least bits and parts of him weren't in trees, like with another photo previously shown on this site.

    In Colombia, the death squads, also with American government assistance, go around and cut people up with chain saws. Hurts the eyes some for sure.

  16. foxnews finally picked up the story
    its on their front page.

    -I live in a world where freedom is preached from every direction, by no one knows what freedom really means.

  17. interesting picture...Lesson Number 1. Narco Traffickers. Don't bring a handgun to a high power rifle fight. You will lose

  18. May 28, 2010 3:10 PM
    Anonymous said...

    i am a realitive of "la Barbie " and he has confirmed he now is the full capo of the BLO

    -Barbie is running the BLO?? i figured he would branch off and start his own cartel, anyways can anyone confirm this??


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