The Beltran Leyva Cartel was a drug cartel and organized crime syndicate based in Sinaloa, Mexico. It existed from 2008 to 2011, and it was led by the brothers Arturo, Carlos, Alfredo, and Hector Beltran Leyva. The gang was once a branch of the Sinaloa Cartel, transporting and selling cocaine, heroin, and marijuana in both Mexico and the United States. They operated in Sinaloa, Morelos, Guerrero, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, and Chiapas in Mexico and Texas, California, Nevada, and New Mexico in the USA. The organization also trafficked humans and forced them into prostitution, with some being fooled into thinking that they were being smuggled into America. In August 2011 the Mexican government arrested a top lieutenant and claimed that the cartel was eradicated, and in 2014 its last known leader Hector Beltran Leyva was captured.