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Mexican Drug Dealers Arrested

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Uploaded on May 8, 2009

Mexico's federal police arrested ten men and four women who are suspected of drug trafficking and are linked to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

[Rodrigo Esparza, Federal Police Commissioner]:
"The federal secretary of public security announced the arrest yesterday of 14 suspected members of the Beltran Leyva criminal organization in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos. These people carried out logistical and operational tasks for the Beltran Leyva organization in Morelos and the State of Guerrero.

One of the arrested men is thought to be the ringleader.

[Rodrigo Esparza, Federal Police Commissioner]:
"Once inside, the police detained 73-year-old Salomon Pineda Bermudez and 59-year-old Leonora Villa Portono. One of their sons is accredited to the criminal organization as "El Borrado." We investigated his identification and the IDs he was carrying when he was captured were all fake. According to intelligence "El Borrado" is the principal operator for Arturo Beltran Leyva in the region."

Drug violence has increased in Sinaloa State since 2008 due to the rift between two powerful drug cartels, Joaquin Guzman, who is Mexico's most wanted man, and Beltran Leyva. The Beltran Leyva family is suspected of the murder of Guzmans son in a military-style attack in 2008.

Mexico is offering multiple rewards of up to $2 million for information leading to the capture of the country's drug kingpins. Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon made it a top priority to control drug violence and has sent thousands of troops across the country to break up the gangs. The drug war killed some 6,300 people across Mexico last year.

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