Break away from the Sinaloa CartelEdit
The cartel was created by the four Beltrán Leyva brothers: Héctor Beltrán Leyva , Carlos and Arturo Beltrán Leyva . Born in the Sinaloan countryside in the early 1960s, Alfredo and his brothers worked closely with Joaquin Guzman Loera, the leader of The Sinaloa Cartel, during decades of smuggling.
The organization, run mainly by Alfredo, Arturo and Héctor, formed as a splinter group of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which was led by Joaquin Guzman Loera. After Alfredo was arrested, the Beltrán-Leyva brothers blamed Guzmán Loera and retaliated by forming the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, and killing one of the Sinaloa cartel chief's sons in a grenade attack on a Culiacán shopping center. This sparked a war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, which allied itself with The Los Zetas Organization.
Warrant and arrestEdit
Alfredo Beltrán Leyva was arrested in Culiacán with three members of his security detail on January 21, 2008, he had with him two suitcases filled with $900,000 in cash and luxury watches. Police also found 20 fragmentation grenades, automatic weapons, rifles, 40 bulletproof vests, eight of which bore the initials FEDA, which was likely a Spanish acronym for "Arturo's Special Forces." Authorities also found an unspecified amount of cash in one of his homes. At the time of his arrest, Alfredo was the top lieutenant of Joaquin Guzman Loera. Édgar Eusebio Millán Gómez, top commander of Mexico's national federal police and Spokesman for the Arrest would be assassinated five months later.