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Friday, October 6, 2023

Cesar Homero Magallanes, Alleged Beltran Leyva Drug Lord, Arrested

"Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from PROCESO

Police in Madrid arrested the "veteran Mexican drug trafficker" on a request for extradition to the United States as he was waiting to board a flight to Mexico City.

By: Alejandro Gutiérrez 

MADRID, Spain (apro) - César Homero Magallanes González, an alleged drug trafficker who belongs to the Beltrán Leyva network, was arrested at Madrid's Barajas airport when he was waiting to board a flight to Mexico City.

The National Police arrested the "veteran Mexican drug trafficker" due to a request for extradition to the United States, according to the digital media El Confidencial and Proceso was able to confirm with legal sources.These sources confirmed that the petition is for "conspiracy to distribute cocaine with the intent to import it into the United States" and "conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it aboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States". Each of these charges carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.  

It was on September 19 when the alleged drug trafficker, 58 years old and 1.80 meters tall, was accompanied by a woman, waiting to board his flight, which was leaving around 9 p.m. at Terminal 4 of the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport, when he was approached and arrested by three national police officers.

Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport: SPAIN

Only four days before, the request from the U.S. Justice Department had arrived with all the information and a photograph of the "veteran Mexican drug trafficker", which was published exclusively by the aforementioned digital media, which affirms that he was among Interpol's most wanted.

The publication recalls that the Beltrán Leyva organization split from the Sinaloa cartel. Proceso has reported on the Beltrán's break with the rest of the Sinaloa cartel factions, in 2008, after the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, `El Mochomo'. The brothers, Arturo and Héctor Beltrán Leyva, accused Joaquín `El Chapo' Guzmán Loera of treason, to whom they attributed the `pitazo' that ended with the capture of `El Mochomo'.

This started a confrontation between both factions, with hundreds of deaths. Arturo, El Barbas, was killed in December 2009 during an operation by the Mexican Navy to arrest him in Cuernavaca, and Héctor was arrested in San Miguel de Allende, where he kept a low profile, and died in prison in 2018 from a heart attack.

On September 20, Homero Magallanes was brought before the judge of Instruction number 4 of the National Court, José Luis Calama, and when questioned by him, the detainee did not accept to be extradited nor did he waive the principle of criminal specialty, a legal form in which the detained person cannot be prosecuted or convicted or deprived of liberty for being committed before his delivery

Judge Camala ordered him to be remanded in custody, pending the start of the extradition process, which could take 4 months or more, if there are appeals, subject to the decision of whether or not the extradition to the Southern California Court is approved or not.

According to the brief signed by U.S. Attorney Liudmila Batista, the drug trafficker was traveling in Europe. U.S. authorities had information that he had plane tickets to return to Mexico on Iberia flight IB6409 bound for Mexico City.

The detainee "is associated with the Beltrán Leyva cartel, a powerful and large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States," says the document quoted by the digital media.

An organization that "employed corrupt police agents in Mexico to avoid their apprehension," it states.

From this documentation sent by the United States to Spain, it details that, "through his criminal conduct, Magallanes has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments". It also notes that, like other members of the criminal organization, they infiltrate within the authorities, particularly within law enforcement.

"Magallanes and others employed corrupt police agents in Mexico to avoid apprehension and prosecution," he points to US documentation to support an arrest and prevent his escape, as reported by El Confidencial. 

Once arrested, although he did not resist, he asked to be examined by a doctor, who only prescribed omeprazole to combat reflux.

The captured man and his allies received large quantities of cocaine in Oaxaca, which they then transported to Mexico City, where they packaged it for shipment to the United States.



  1. Barbers going crazy looking at this.. dont lie munchkins

  2. Lemme guess.. his nickname is "El Guapo"? 😂

    1. Cara de globo desinflado.

    2. I just called my wife that and got the fucking chankla. Funniest comment I've read in awhile jajajajaja

    3. Lol. It actually is.

  3. Whatever happened to that wannabe Crocodile Hunter guy that was arrested with El H?

  4. Where's the indictment out of? The AUSA is in DC and the story says Southern District of California.

    Always think about that rush of shock when you get picked up like that. boarding a flight.

    1. If I was as high level as this guy I would not travel. As low key as he thought he was, someone is snitching. Crime can only be hidden for so long and the government always finds out

    2. Foreall

      When will guys learn
      They should always cross international borders by land
      Plenty of big fish in spots like Monterrey/Cdmx Never even get on domestic flights
      Much less an international one
      Never know when your info will be flagged

      Better safe than sorry

  5. This cat was a big fish worked closely with chapo isidro

  6. Beltran Let a were VERY.. VERY power. Only reason chapos got even bigger was because they were killed off

    1. Working under the radar doesn't make you less powerful

    2. In the end they worked for Chapo and Caro

  7. Dude looks like his mom fcked a mastiff…

  8. Wasn’t this dude the dead that sent to kill chapo son?

  9. It already happening but someday these old guards of the narco world who had at least some type of judgment will disappear. All the shit at the bottom will come out out of the sewers into power. Send them back to shit hell! Time and time again it shows power doesn't care about your ways. It just happens, sometimes to the most undeserving!


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