Mexican Drug Lord Brother Arrested
The Mexican drug trade took another blow recently as the brother of one of the country’s most powerful and violent drug lords was arrested for driving with a false driver’s license. After Carlos Beltrán Leyva was stopped by police, a search found weapons and cocaine.
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Leyva’s brother, Beltrán Leyva, known as the "Boss of Bosses," had been killed two weeks prior in an elite navy force in a shootout at a luxury condominium complex. The Leyva cartel is known as one of the country’s most powerful.
Much of the violence in Mexico over the past two years has been a war between two rival drug lords, Leyva and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán for lucrative drug routes. This war has killed thousands of people across the country, although Carlos Beltrán Leyva did not appear to be a significant player in the organization.
The Navy special forces killed Arturo Beltrán Leyva and four bodyguards. This battle has kept the country on edge, especially after the cartel reportedly retaliated. Just five days after the killings, a Navy special forces member – who was killed in the battle – brought the war home as his mother, brother, sister and aunt were massacred by cartel gunman.
Since the death of Arturo Beltrán Leyva, Mexican analysts have been expecting a battle over succession to erupt. Thus far, Carlos Beltrán Leyva has not been mentioned as a potential successor and therefore his arrest is not likely to upset any move in that direction.
All eyes instead may be on Héctor Beltrán Leyva, known as "The Engineer" or "H.” The U.S. has offered a $5 million reward for his capture. His taking over the organization may be a hard fight as two top lieutenants are expected to present opposition.