Drug Kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva Killed by Mexican Forces

December 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
One of Mexico's most wanted drug kingpins has been killed in a shootout. Arturo Beltran Leyva was the leader of a cartel -- that the US says -- is responsible for distributing tons of cocaine and heroin in the U.S. The Mexican government had a two-million-dollar reward for his capture.                  |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

About two hundred Mexican sailors got into a two hour gun battle with cartel gunmen south of Mexico City. When the fighting ended, five cartel members were dead including Leyva.

His cartel has been involved in a bloody drug turf war that's claimed more than ten thousand lives in recent years.

One of the more notorious incidents happened during the summer in Acapulco. Eighteen people died in a shootout between members of Leyva's cartel and Mexican Police. The violence sent tourists running for their lives.

Leyva's death is considered a huge victory in the Mexican government's war on drugs.