“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat

Arturo Beltrán Leyva, “El Jefe de Jefes”, killed by the Navy in 2009, was one of the most wanted drug traffickers in Mexico and the US. He liked to have many properties to store his fortune and hide corpses.

Video translation is as follows:

We are in the town of Ayotzingo, State of Mexico on this ranch that once belonged to Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Fourteen, almost 14 years after he was killed by the Navy. This ranch has not been secured by the authorities. And it is believed that a lot of money was buried here, millions of dollars. It’s also believed that people have been buried here.

While other properties of the drug trafficker nicknamed the Boss of Bosses have been auctioned off by the federal government, this 15,000 square meter ranch is abandoned. In 2011 it was secured and then left in oblivion.

Over the years nature has devoured it and little by little it has been plundered. It’s located in Ayotzingo in the municipality of Chalco, State of Mexico in an area far away from urbanization, about 34 kilometers from Morelos. There are no houses or crops. Only hills and dirt roads.

The perfect place for one of the most bloodthirsty criminals of the last decades to hide. The Despierta team travels through this place where very few people have ever been. And found excavations known as coves where mountains of banknotes were once hidden.

There are still plastic bags with hermetic seals where the money was kept before being buried. We are in one of the trenches that were dug to hide money in these bags. And that later when Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed it is believed that Edgar Valadez Villarreal aka La Barbie came with his people and made a Santeria ritual to collect and take the money.

When the authorities explored this ranch in 2011, a protected witness from the then Attorney General’s Office informed them that several victims had been buried here. He assured that those kidnapped by the Beltrán Leyva mob were drowned in this pool. This rest house was built one kilometer away. It is about 8000 square meters in size.

This is where the Boss of Bosses and his accomplices slept. But today this metal gate has been stolen. There are no longer any windows or flooring. Everything was left in the black because of the toll. It could have looked like this other Beltrán Leyva ranch in Xochitepec, Morelos, valued at some one hundred and fifty million pesos.

A little more than 13 years after Arturo Beltrán Leyva was killed, eleven of his properties remained in the hands of the Mexican government. But it is believed that there are at least two others that have been totally forgotten about.