The day that Barbas, of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, was killed and was covered with bills


Arturo Beltrán Leyva.

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On December 16, 2009, drug dealer Arturo Beltran Leyva, aka the Barbas, one of the bloodiest Mexican drug lords and staunch rival of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was killed in the Altitude condominium in Cuernavaca during an operation by the Secretary of the Navy (Semar).

At approximately 5:15 p.m. that day, some 25 elements of the Special Forces of the Mexican Navy descended by rope from helicopters suspended over the towers of the complex of five towers more than 10 stories high, two large pools and a tennis court. tennis.

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After nine hours of intense exchanges of bullets, the leader of the Cartel of the Beltrán Leyva He was killed along with two of his lieutenants, while a third jumped out of one of the windows.

After the operation, the corpse of Arturo Beltran Leyva, who was half naked, was covered by 500 Mexican peso bills, dollars, jewelry and religious images.

The photographs went around the world as a symbol that even the most powerful could be as fragile as anyone.

Right nowl Beards makes news again not only for the anniversary of his death, but for the murder of himMexican actress and singer Tania Mendoza, one day before the 12th anniversary of his shooting down.

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