Words by Tomás Zerón, headline of the AIC, announcing the capture of Hector Beltran Leyva

Good evening, derived from intelligence work carried out by the Ministry of National Defense, in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Agency of the Attorney General’s Office, the Naval Intelligence Unit of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico, and the Federal Police, today, after 11 months of investigation, the capture of Héctor Beltrán Leyva, leader of the Criminal organization that bears his surnames, was achieved by the Mexican Army, through the operation called “HOTEL”.

The organization under his command, had as its main activity the transfer of cocaine from Central and South America, to the United States of America and Europe; although there is information that a possible alliance with other groups would have led him to diversify his activities, expanding to the production and trade of synthetic drugs.

Coordination between the various dependencies of the Federal Government, headed by SEDENA’s anti-drug intelligence unit, managed to collect the data that led to the capture by the Mexican Army’s special operations unit.

After the death of his brother Arturo, in December 2009, Héctor Beltrán Leyva assumed leadership of the criminal organization, adopting a moderate profile and transforming his lifestyle to go unnoticed.

However, this important criminal leader continued his activities through a network of operators that made alliances with other groups to continue traficking drugs throughout the country.

Military intelligence reports managed to locate his home in the State of Querétaro, where he kept operations away from his home, so as not to alter his low-key, discreet way of life, avoiding drawing the attention of neighbors and friends, or of local authorities; In this sense, he put aside the luxury vehicles, opting for an identity, which allowed him to pass as a wealthy businessman, dedicated to the trade in real estate and works of art, thus justifying his standard of living.

Today, after months of analysis and determining the activities of his closest circle, the authorities were able to locate him in a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Héctor Beltrán Leyva, was detained in the company of another person named Germán Goyenechea Ortega, who served as a financial operator for his group. Both carried small arms for the exclusive use of the armed forces at the time of their arrest.

The special operations elements of the National Defense Secretariat managed to arrest him quickly and efficiently, without firing a single shot inside a seafood restaurant.

Héctor Beltrán Leyva, is related to at least 29 previous inquiries, both of the Common Jurisdiction and of the Federal Order, with 3 arrest warrants in this Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the federal order.

In the United States of America, a reward of $ 5 million was offered for his arrest, to be tried for various crimes; the Attorney General’s Office, for its part, offered a reward of up to 30 million pesos, for data leading to his capture.

Héctor Beltrán Leyva was considered, today, one of the main drug trafficking leaders in Mexico. With his capture, the organization loses influence in a dozen states of the republic, where, in addition to its criminal activities, it already operated a wide network of corruption and money laundering.

At this time, Héctor Beltrán Leyva undergoes the corresponding exams and in the next few hours he will be presented before the Public Ministry of the Federation of the Specialized Deputy Prosecutor’s Office for Investigation in Organized Crime, who will resolve his legal situation.

Also, from the Twitter account of the Criminal Investigation Agency: @PGR_AIC, we will inform you of the results of the expert identification exams.

The Criminal Investigation Agency also carried out clinical examinations to verify his state of health, in strict adherence to the protocols of detention, confirming at all times that his human rights were respected.

Likewise, this is another achievement of the Security Cabinet, but particularly the coordinated participation of the Mexican Army.

With these actions, the security institutions of the Federal Government ratify their commitment to the rule of law and will continue to work, in a coordinated manner, to achieve a Mexico in Peace.

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