Mexican “Boss of Bosses” drug lord shot dead

December 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The drug war in Mexico has seen one of the countries most-wanted drug lords  killed in a shoot-out with state security forces, officials say. Arturo Beltran Leyva and four alleged members of his cartel died in a raid by troops on a flat in Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City. The 47-year-old Leyva, who dubbed himself “The Boss of Bosses”, ranked third on the country’s most wanted list, with a reward of $2.4 million for information leading to his capture.  A Mexican navy captain confirmed the report saying, “We confirm the death of Arturo Beltran Leyva. He was killed in a navy operation in Cuernavaca.”The Beltran Leyva cartel, based on the Pacific coast, is one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent drug gangs and is responsible for distributing tons of cocaine and heroin in the U.S.  The cartel has been involved in a bloody drug turf war that’s claimed more than ten thousand lives in recent years.  The death of Beltran Leyva is a boost for Mexican president Felipe Calderon, who launched a war against drug cartels after coming into office in 2006. Meanwhile, the severed heads of six policemen were found near a church in the north of the country, police said. They said the beheadings in Durango state were a revenge attack by the Gulf cartel for the killing of 10 gang members last week, and so it goes.

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