The news caused doubts and fear more than fury: they already released Jesús Alfredo Beltrán Guzmán el Mochomito, it was heard.
Now free, it is anticipated that the capo will return to Culiacán to reclaim the empire left to him by his father, Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, el Mochomo, condemned to spend the rest of his life in a maximum-security prison in the United States.
The Mochomito is the only capo who declared war on Aureliano Guzmán Loera el Guano and Los Chapitos, when several commandos climbed the Bacacoragua-LaTuna corridor to confront the Guzmán forces.
“I suppose that he is going to Culiacán to align his businesses, and surely there will be many people who will support him, because his grandfather, Mr. Neto, was very loved and respected in Badiraguato and also in Culiacán,” recalls Pedro Guzmán, a Marijuana planter from the Badiraguato mountain range, and who was one of the people who were gunned down by Beltrán Guzmán’s gunmen during the capture of La Tuna, in June 2016.
As revealed by the weekly Zeta, the medium that first published the news Beltran Guzman was released from the Detention Center Metropolitano de Jalisco on Thursday last week, and apparently, his release has occurred at dawn, as happened with Rafael Caro Quintero, in 2013.
“just as well he was released, as it says in the corrido Don Rafa ”, concluded Pedro Guzmán, contacted by telephone for this note.
Unlike Caro Quintero, the Mochomito does not seem to face drug trafficking charges in the United States, as this weekly found in the files of the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), although this does not mean that the government of the neighboring country to the north do not require it.
“There are cases or investigations to which no media or lawyer has access, because they are ongoing investigations and opening them to the public would be like alerting criminals to flee or be alert,” Mike Vigil, formerly director of international operations for the DEA.
Vigil then regretted the actions of the Mexican government, which frees prisoners at dawn, and without even informing the United States, as dictated by part of the bilateral collaboration protocol that exists between both nations.
“It is difficult to know if this person is being wanted by the United States because I am not in charge of that investigation, but the fact that they release him at dawn when no one can document the fact, lends itself to misinterpretations, and it was The same thing that happened with Caro Quintero, who was released in the middle of the night and without even notifying the United States government about what was happening, and that is why I see badly the way in which these types of prisoners are released ” Vigil added.
According to USDOJ and DEA documents, although the Mochomito is one of the heirs of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, he does not represent the strength of his father or any of his uncles, including Marco Arturo Beltrán Leyva, although the fact of having a criminal network in charge, something that neither Emma Coronel Aispuro nor Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez had, both accused of conspiracy for drug trafficking and currently imprisoned in the United States, shows a strong incongruity regarding people who are accused in Mexico, and that at the same time it reveals how damaged the bilateral relations between the two countries are.
“I can tell you that relations are definitely damaged, and that is impacting both countries in terms of security, although definitely much more in Mexico,” Vigil insisted.
The outlook is difficult, especially considering that Beltrán Guzmán took the town of La Tuna by storm in mid-June 2016, claiming the lives of at least ten Guano collaborators, and then starting a terrible war in the Sierra de Badiraguato, which not only cost the lives of dozens of victims that the authorities never reported but also forced hundreds of residents to move from the mountains to Culiacán.
As if that were not enough, the National Security Commission (CNS) identified him as the intellectual and material author of the kidnapping of Jesús Alfredo and Iván Guzmán Salazar, at the La Leche restaurant, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, in August 2016.
He is also accused of being responsible for ordering kidnappings and homicides of some members of other antagonistic groups, including the Sinaloa Cartel. Despite all these accusations, Beltrán Guzmán was released.
Curiously, Beltrán’s freedom materialized after an investigation by the Jalisco State Human Rights Commission (CEDHJ) was revealed on the allegedly irregular visits by female prison inmates to men’s prisons.
The Jalisco Ombudsman documented that 14 of the 23 transfers to alleged sporting events and rehearsals of plays for the inmates were carried out precisely to the Metropolitan Prison, where it was in the public domain that the Mochomito had led the so-called self-government for at least three years. .
A past that weighs
El Mochomito was arrested on December 9, 2016, by elements of the Mexican army and the Mexican Navy in the municipality of Zapopan, in Jalisco, along with four of his bodyguards, who were secured with machine guns, grenades of fragmentation, packages with more than three kilos of cocaine, ammunition, and two vehicles.
Beltrán Guzmán was presented before a judge, and after a judicial process of several months, he was found guilty of all the charges against him. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, but thanks to a series of appeals and appeals presented by his lawyers, his sentence was reduced until he was released less than five years after entering prison.
His history is bordered by the criminal world from the very top of the Sinaloa Cartel: his father, Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, married Patricia Guzmán Núñez, daughter of Don Ernesto Guzmán Hidalgo, half brother of Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán.
Lost in the emporium of his uncles Arturo and Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the opulence of his father, the blessing and guidance of his grandfather, Don Neto Guzmán, and a drug culture that absorbed him even into the mythology of the cartel, all indicated it as a successor to the faction built by his father and uncles.
Until the arrest of his father in 2008, and almost two years after the death of his uncle Marco Arturo, they hastened his rise in the family business. In charge of coordinating the production of drugs in the mountainous area of Sinaloa, Beltrán Guzmán continued preparing for the big jump, always under the guidance of Don Neto, his grandfather.
On April 2015, Don Ernesto was picked up, tortured, and killed by a commando in Bacacoragua, a community anchored in the Badiraguato mountain range, 20 kilometers before reaching La Tuna.
According to investigations by this weekly, Ernesto’s murderer was identified as “Cristóbal”, alias 02, —an old head of Aureliano Guzmán’s hitmen—, and the reason for the execution was because Don Ernesto “was putting Guano to death. let the government arrest him ”, according to 02 himself told Guano.
That incident was the trigger for the Mochomito to seek revenge on Guano, and that is why he would have declared war on him, and later put the Chapitos in Puerto Vallarta.
These quarrels anticipate the increasingly latent possibility of a war that, as it may be in Culiacán, may also be in the mountainous area of Badiraguato.
“In itself, there is a lot of tension right now in Culiacán; if he starts another war, it will be more complicated for everyone ”, concluded a hitman consulted by Riódoce.