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Drug cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva and the luxurious RIPs of Mexico's narcos

We got word over the weekend of the burial place of druglord Arturo Beltran Leyva. Where else? The notorious trafficker was laid to rest in the elaborate Gardens of Humaya in Culiacan, capital of his native Sinaloa state.

The cemetery is a sight to behold, full of elaborate mausoleums decorated in Italian marble, gold leaf and Corinthian columns. Some family crypts are two stories high, complete with air conditioning and sound systems. Many contain life-size portraits of the deceased and several of their favorite items -- bottles of tequila, packs of Marlboros and models of guns. We've mentioned these mausoleums before, and described the painter in Sinaloa who does much of the decorating. 

Beltran Leyva was shot to death Dec. 16 in a ferocious gun battle with Mexican naval commandos. His funeral on Sunday took place under heavy army guard. Some of the funeral wreaths were so large they didn't fit into the mortuary, and many were anonymous. Most of the mourners were women, as many men probably stayed away out of fear of arrest or attack.

Times staff writer Ken Ellingwood covered Beltran Leyva's death and what may happen next. You can take a look at Ellingwood's report here.

-- Tracy Wilkinson in Mexico City

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Where is all this war taking us people ask your selfe? I dont hear about any drug shortage on the street, on the other hand there more affordable now, making them more available.Prices drop that means one thing theres allot of drugs out there.OK now the real issue what about the people who are always looked over. MEXICO lacks in providing these areas whith support and most important education.reason simalar to so many people take the risk at crossing illigaly each day to this great country for a tast of the glory. YOUR a product of your invoronment if you see your naybor eating good and every thing else is just as corrupt including your GOVT-after decades you impose a mentality on the whole population

good riddance to bad rubbish!

I would like to be missed by hundreds of people the day I die. I just would'nt like to be responsible for anyone losing their life while working in the US drug supply line.


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