Genaro García Luna was kidnapped by the Beltrán Leyva cartel , according to security expert Proceso journalist Ricardo Ravelo, in an interview with Carmen Aristegui on CNN in 2010. Ravelo details that this version comes from a letter that AFI agents sent to the Public Security Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.
The events occurred when García Luna was on a road trip through Tepoztlán, Morelos, when he was intercepted by a group of heavily armed men.
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The subjects, says Ricardo, identify themselves as people from the Beltrán Leyva cartel, detailing that they were ordered to take him. The then AFI chief tells his bodyguards not to intervene, he gets out of the vehicle and leaves with the command. The armed men took him to a house where Arturo Beltrán Leyva , “El Barbas”, the maximum leader of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, was located.
Being face to face, “El Barbas” said to Genaro : “You see how easy it is to get to you?” Beltrán Leyva pressured García Luna so that he would comply with the agreements that both had.
Before long, the Beltrán Leyva released Genaro and let him continue on his way. This passage, says Ravelo, was carried out with testimonies of the own escorts of the AFI that García Luna had.
At that time, the Beltrán Leyva were still allies of the Sinaloa cartel . García Luna would have been a fundamental piece in the breakup of both. In January 2008, Alfredo Beltrán Leyva aka “Mochomo”, was detained by a special Army group, accompanied by elements of the defunct AFI , in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
“El Mochomo” –at left–was puzzled, as his organization had paid tens of millions of dollars to senior officials for protection.
Then they knew it, the arrest had been a treason the culprit: Joaquín Guzmán Loera. “El Chapo ” reportedly gave information to García Luna to arrest the young of the Beltrán Leyva
The action caused a rupture between the Beltrán Leyva and the Sinaloa cartel, as well as a raging war between the two organizations.
The capture of ” El Mochomo ” was the beginning of a federal government hunt against the Beltrán Leyva, who fell one by one and in a short time for the benefit of Guzmán Loera.
What was known was in the call that Arturo made to his brother Héctor El Hache Beltrán Leyva to boast of his feat, that El Hache (“H”) raged against El Barbas for having released him. I would have killed him, he said.
“H” warned that García Luna’s revenge was going to be tremendous .
And it was.
In an epic hours long shootout, Arturo Beltrán Leyva was assassinated during an operation by the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) in Cuernavaca, Morelos, on December 16, 2009, almost two years after the arrest of “El Mochomo”.
A few days later, on December 30, Carlos Beltrán Leyva was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa. While Héctor Beltrán Leyva , “El H”, was arrested on October 1, 2014 in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato.
The Beltrán Leyva practically disappeared from the criminal map, seven criminal cells emanating from the organization of the brothers seized power. García Luna’s hand and his influence in the federal government facilitated the fall of three of the four Beltrán Leyva .
And Alfredo aka Mochomo, the younger beloved brother of Arturo, went on to be extradited to the US after serving his Mexico sentence. He pleaded guilty without a plea deal, and sentenced to natural life.
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