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Mexican Drug Cartel Leader Beltran-Leyva Captured

Hector Beltran-Leyva was wanted in both Mexico and the U.S. for trafficking drugs and weapons. DNA testing was conducted to confirm the capture.

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Mexican authorities say they have captured Hector Beltran-Leyva, the leader of the Arturo Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

Mexican Federal Chief of Investigations Tomas Zeron confirmed Beltran-Leyva's capture Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Zeron said Beltran-Leyva was arrested Wednesday at a restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende.

Officials used DNA testing to confirm Beltran-Leyva's identity.

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Beltran-Leyva was wanted in both Mexico and the U.S.

The U.S. State Department has a $5 million bounty on Beltran-Leyva's head. In Mexico, the reward for his capture was $30 million Pesos, or more than $2 million.

Courts in New York and the District of Columbia have previously indicted Beltran-Leyva.

BuzzFeed News spoke with a representative of the the U.S. State Department Wednesday, but was told there was no information about his capture immediately available.

Beltran-Leyva is a veteran of Mexico's drug trade and allegedly has trafficked in various narcotics, as well as weapons.

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A US-made M4 assault rifle with a mounted M-203 grenade launcher that belonged to a member of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

Beltran-Leyva got his start with the Sinaloa cartel, described by the U.S. State Department as "one of the most powerful and violent criminal organizations" in Mexico. In 2008, he broke with the cartel and started the Arturo Beltran Leyva organization. The group is named for Hector Beltran-Leyva's brother, who died in a 2009 shootout. Beltran-Leyva subsequently took command of the organization.

According to the State Department, Beltran-Leyva has transported multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana to the U.S. He has also trafficked in heroin and methamphetamine. His organization is further "responsible for the procurement of arms and ammunitions from the United States."

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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