Mexico City, August 2
The Mexican Army and state safety forces on Sunday captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a infamous drug gang chief blamed for serving to gas a surge in violence that has severely examined the federal government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Widely generally known as “El Marro” (The Mallet), Yepez was captured early on Sunday morning, in response to the federal authorities and authorities within the central state of Guanajuato, one of many principal flashpoints of gang violence in Mexico.
“This a tremendously successful blow for the government,” stated Raul Benitez, a safety professional on the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Yepez, boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a Guanajuato-based gang, has been engaged in a bloody wrestle for legal management of the state with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of many nation’s strongest and violent teams.
The seize ought to ship a lift to Lopez Obrador, who pledged to deliver down file ranges of violence plaguing the nation when he took workplace in December 2018. Instead, homicides have additional elevated throughout his presidency.
The Guanajuato legal professional normal’s workplace stated safety forces captured Yepez with 5 different individuals and rescued a kidnapped native businesswoman throughout the operation. An “arsenal” of weapons was additionally secured throughout the raid.
One of Mexico’s most-wanted bosses, El Marro has appeared in expletive-laden movies threatening his enemies, and in June a clip of an emotional Yepez lamenting the arrest of his mom and sister was extensively broadcast on nationwide media.
The ladies, who had been suspected of aiding his operations, had been later launched when judges picked aside the case in opposition to them.
Security Minister Alfonso Durazo stated Yepez can be taken to the Altiplano penitentiary, a maximum-security jail the place drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was housed earlier than he escaped by a tunnel in 2015. Guzman was recaptured in 2016.
Initially infamous for gas theft in a state crisscrossed by pipelines and residential to a significant oil refinery, the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has develop into more and more embroiled in battles with the CJNG, based mostly within the neighboring state of Jalisco.
A hub of the carmaking trade, Guanajuato was as soon as one of many safer areas of Mexico, however the violence of the previous few years has pushed nationwide murder tallies to file ranges.
Writing on Twitter, Durazo stated Yepez had been arrested for suspected organized crime and gas theft. -Reuters