Friday, December 18, 2009

Top Mexican Drug Lord Killed in Shootout

Miguel Tovar/Associated Press - Soldiers in Mexico City Thursday escorted an unidentified man arrested in the Cuernavaca raid.

He might have well been unidentified, but take a look at his face. He certainly has been injured, whether in the fight or when arrested.

Mexican Navy special forces killed one of the country's top drug kingpins in a shootout in the central city of Cuernavaca, notching an important victory in President Felipe Calderón's three-year-old clampdown on narcotics trafficking.

The death of Arturo Beltrán Leyva, who called himself "The Boss of Bosses" and was one of Mexico's three most-wanted drug lords, came after a four-hour battle Wednesday evening at a condominium complex in Cuernavaca, a retirement destination for Americans and weekend getaway for Mexico City residents.

Leyva was an ally of hiw now-biggest rival, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexico's most wanted man. The death of Mr. Beltrán Leyva is seen as likely to strengthen the hand of Mr. Guzmán. Which begs the question, of course, of who fingered Leyva?

Another question: why the Navy? In Cuernavaca? Sailors?

* The Drug Lord Who Got Away (6/13/09)

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