South Pacific Cartel

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Cártel del Pacífico Sur
Founded April 2010
Founded by Héctor Beltrán Leyva
Founding location Morelos, Mexico
Years active 2010-present
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder
Allies Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, Los Zetas, Los Mazatlecos
Rivals Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel

The South Pacific Cartel (Spanish: Cártel del Pacífico Sur), is a Mexican organized crime group composed of the remnants of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel.[1] It is based in the Mexican state of Morelos. The gang has been significantly less active since mid-2011[2] when the group's leaders Julio de Jesus Radilla Hernandez and Victor Valdez were captured.[3]

Although they call themselves a 'cartel', the violent gang is a local cell created in April 2010 by Héctor Beltrán Leyva,[4][5][6] leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel. The gang is known for having employed a 12-year-old gunman and executioner.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Beltran Leyva Spin-Off Menaces Mexico City, InSight - Organized Crime
  2. ^ "Polarization and Sustained Violence in Mexico's Cartel War". InterAmerican Security Watch. January 26, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Mexico nabs drug boss tied to murder of poet's son" Reuters,May 25, 2011
  4. ^ a b Justino Miranda (December 4, 2010). "Arresto de "El Ponchis" exhibe vacíos legales". El Universal (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Child Assassin named "El Ponchis" Arrested By Mexican Army". Flex. December 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Alleged U.S teen cartel assassin arrested". Ninja Cops. December 3, 2010. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 2010-12-06.