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SubjectGOM ARRESTS CARLOS BELTRAN LAYVA - AN IMPORTANT PSYCOLOGICAL
OriginEmbassy Mexico
ClassificationCONFIDENTIAL
ReleasedAug 30, 2011 01:44
CreatedJan 25, 2010 18:06
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RUEHME/AMEMBASSY MEXICO C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MEXICO 000079 
 
SENSITIVE 
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WHA, DOM 
DEPT FOR WHA DAS JACOBSON AND MEX DIRECTOR LEE AND MCNAMARA PASS TO AMB PASCUAL 
NSC FOR SENIOR DIRECTOR RESTREPO AND O???REILLY 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 2020/01/25 
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SUBJECT: GOM ARRESTS CARLOS BELTRAN LAYVA - AN IMPORTANT PSYCOLOGICAL 
VICTORY 
 
REF: 09 MEXICO 3573; 10 TIJUANA 0035; 10 TIJUANA 000058 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Gustavo Delgado, Minister Counselor, DOS, POL; REASON: 
1.4(B), (D) 
 
 1.  (SBU) Summary - After some bad press and a less than expected 
public approval bounce following the Arturo Beltran Leyva take-down 
(Reftel A) , the arrest of his brother Carlos Beltran Leyva 
provided the GOM with a public relations boost and additional 
motivation for agencies to conduct future operations.  End Summary. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Touch of Luck and Awareness 
 
 
 
 2.  (SBU) On January 3, the Calderon administration announced the 
Federal Police (SSP) captured Carlos Beltran Leyva (CBL) on 
December 30 in Culiacan, Sinaloa State. During a traffic stop, he 
presented police a fake Sinaloa State driver's license bearing the 
name "Carlos Gamez Orpineda," and a search of his vehicle revealed 
weapons, ammunition and packets of what appeared to be cocaine. He 
later confessed to being the brother of Arturo and was transported 
to Mexico City. During his arraignment on January 3, the judge 
ordered Carlos held in preventive detention for 40 days while 
police continue their investigation of drug trafficking, criminal 
conspiracy, money laundering, and firearms charges against him. 
 
 
 
 3.  (SBU) The SSP reported that the arrest of Carlos Beltran Leyva 
was the result of intelligence and investigative work. U.S. law 
enforcement sources said that Carlos' arrest was the result of a 
routine stop at a traffic check point.  Nevertheless, The SSP can 
be credited with identifying suspicious behavior and taking the 
steps necessary to identify and detain a criminal trying to slip 
through the cracks. 
 
 
 
Carlos' Takedown Won't Affect BLO 
 
 
 
 4.  (C) The Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) is known for being a 
family-run business, led by five brothers. Of the five, two 
(Alfredo and Carlos) have been arrested, one (Arturo) has been 
killed, and two (Mario and Hector) remain at large.  Unlike the 
other brothers, Carlos is not believed to be a major player in the 
BLO, and his arrest will probably not have any impact on the 
cartel's daily operations.  The GOM has very little evidence on 
criminal activities by CBL other than illegal weapons possession at 
the time of the traffic stop.  Fearing that it does not have the 
evidence necessary to appropriately charge and convict CBL, the GOM 
has reached out to the USG and requested that the USG extradite and 
prosecute CBL in the U.S. 
 
 
 
 
 
Ultimately a Positive Outcome 
 
 
 
 5. (C) U.S. law enforcement sources state that the ABL and CBL take 
downs have resulted in increased competition between GOM security 
agencies as they see the benefit of high level arrests.  The 
arrests and subsequent positive press accounts have given the SSP 
greater confidence, a boost in credibility, and the willingness to 
take further risks.  A good example is the January 12 arrest of 
Teodoro Garcia Simental 'El Teo' in La Paz (Reftel B and C).  These 
"wins" are helping the SSP establish itself as a reliable go-to 
organization at a time when the press continues to call into 
question its creditability and integrity. 
 
MEXICO 00000079  002 OF 002 
 
 
 6.  (C)  Comment.  While the arrest of CBL is not a game changer 
for the GOM's fight against the BLO or its broader security agenda, 
it is a psychological victory for the SSP and, particularly given 
its proximity to the take down of ABL, motivation for other 
security agencies to up the ante in HVT operations.  Nevertheless, 
the USG will continue to support efforts to create genuine 
interagency coordination in Mexico to ensure such wins are not the 
zero-sum victory of one organization, but rather part of a program 
to build strong institutional coordination capable of achieving 
maintained success in the counterdrug fight. End Comment. 
FEELEY