The Beltran Leyva Capo Assassinated by The Mexican Marines

Written by Narcomappingmx, March 10, 2021


Juan Francisco Patrón Sánchez, AKA el H2, was the leader of the Beltran Levya Organization, a major cartel focused on the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Under H2, the Beltran Leyva Cartel enjoyed protection from the government due to bribes paid to the disgraced Mexican head of security, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda. The capture of H2 and the dismantling of the Beltran Leyva Organization was a top priority for the Mexican Government. El H2 was on Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s list of 122 targets related to narcotrafficking. This list included leaders from 12 cartels from across the nation who were accused of generating a wave of violence in Mexico. 


On February 10, 2017,  Mexican Marines (SEMAR) surprised him at a safe house in Tepic, Nayarit. Shooting from a helicopter, SEMAR killed H2. Photos from after the event show that the front of the house, an armored car, and seven Beltran Leyva cartel members were ripped apart by six seconds of machine gun fire.


Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, denounced SEMAR’s actions, questioning why the Military did not aim to arrest the cartel members, mentioning previous events where the live capture of criminals was possible with a warning shot.

“I ask the Marines for more information about the massacre of Tepic, about why they annihilated them, about they were who lost their lives, because they aren't just a number, they were human beings”

Interview with ImagenTV, Feb. 12, 2017.


He went on to ask how the Marines could have killed Mexicans, and hoped that the motivation wasn't to appease the United States.


In a press release the day after the event, SEMAR stated that they were involved in a shootout, and chose to use the helicopter's machine guns to end the fight quickly to avoid civilian harm. SEMAR found a stash of automatic weapons, a Barrett .50 Cal, and a grenade launcher inside the safe house.