The Mexican Military 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 significantly examined the federal government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Broadly referred to as “El Marro” (The Mallet), Yepez was once captured early on Sunday morning, in step with the government and government within the central state of Guanajuato, one of the crucial primary flashpoints of gang violence in Mexico.
“This a drastically a success blow for the federal government,” stated Raul Benitez, a safety skilled on the Nationwide Independent College of Mexico (UNAM).
Yepez, boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a Guanajuato-based gang, has been engaged in a bloody combat for legal keep an eye on of the state with the Jalisco New Era Cartel (CJNG), one of the crucial nation’s maximum tough and violent teams.
The seize will have to ship a spice up to Lopez Obrador, who pledged to carry down file ranges of violence plaguing the rustic when he took workplace in December 2018. As a substitute, homicides have additional larger all through his presidency.
The Guanajuato legal professional normal’s workplace stated safety forces captured Yepez with 5 folks and rescued a abducted native businesswoman all through the operation. An “arsenal” of guns was once additionally secured all through the raid.
One among Mexico’s most-wanted bosses, El Marro has seemed 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 once broadly broadcast on nationwide media.
The ladies, who had been suspected of assisting his operations, had been later launched when judges picked aside the case towards them.
Safety Minister Alfonso Durazo stated Yepez could be taken to the Altiplano jail, a maximum-security jail the place drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was once housed earlier than he escaped via a tunnel in 2015. Guzman was once recaptured in 2016.
First of all infamous for gas robbery in a state crisscrossed through pipelines and residential to a big oil refinery, the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has change into increasingly more embroiled in battles with the CJNG, founded within the neighboring state of Jalisco.
A hub of the carmaking trade, Guanajuato was once as soon as one of the crucial more secure areas of Mexico, however the violence of the previous few years has driven nationwide murder tallies to file ranges.
Writing on Twitter, Durazo stated Yepez have been arrested for suspected arranged crime and gas robbery.