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Héctor Beltrán Leyva
Born(1965-02-15)15 February 1965
Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died18 November 2018(2018-11-18) (aged 53)
Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
CauseHeart attack
Alias(es)"El Ingeniero",[1] "El H"[1] "El General"[2] Mario Alberto Beltrán Leyva[2]
OccupationLeader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel

Héctor Beltrán Leyva (February 15, 1965 – November 18, 2018) was a Mexican drug lord. He was the leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, a drug trafficking organization.[3] He was the brother of Arturo Beltrán Leyva (deceased), former leader of the cartel.

He was the second-in-command and rose to the leadership of the criminal organization after his brother's death on 16 December 2009 during a confrontation with Mexican marines.[4][5]

Beltrán Leyva was arrested by the Mexican Army on 1 October 2014.[6] He would be imprisoned and died at a jail cell in Toluca, Mexico on November 18, 2018 from a heart attack at the age of 53.[7][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Narcotics Rewards Program: Hector Beltran-Leyva". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 México ofrece millonarias recompensas por 37 líderes del narco. Noticias Univision. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. De la Luz González, María (4 January 2010) (in Spanish). Héctor Beltrán asume el mando del cártel: PF. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. Mexican navy kills top cartel kingpin in shootout. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. Malkin, Elisabeth (17 December 2009). Mexico Deals a Blow to a Cartel but Warns of Continued Drug-Related Violence. Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. "Archived copy". 
  7. "Mexican ex-cartel boss Beltran Leyva dies in prison". Yahoo! News. November 18, 2018. 
  8. Gandaria, Manrique (18 November 2018). "Héctor Beltrán Leyva muere en hospital de Toluca" (in Spanish). El Sol de Toluca (Organización Editorial Mexicana).