Mexico extradites alleged drug lord to US

Alleged drug dealer Alfredo Beltran Leyva (C) is presented to the media by the Mexican Army in Mexico City on January 21st, 2008, after being captured in CuliacanSuspected Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva was extradited to the United States over the weekend, the US Justice Department said Monday. Beltran Levya was an alleged leader of one of Mexico’s largest cartels that shares his family name. He was extradited Saturday to make his first court appearance in Washington, DC, on Monday. “Over the past two decades, the Beltran Leyva Cartel has distributed tens of thousands of kilograms of dangerous narcotics and engaged in a campaign of violence that sparked drug wars and jeopardized public safety across North America,” US Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement on the extradition.

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