José Antonio Yépez Ortiz alias El Marro leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL ) was arrested after a dawn operation by the Federal and State Forces. He was arrested along with five other people.
A kidnapped businesswoman was rescued and released in the operation.
The Mexican army raided a compound alongside 5 in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato where El Marro was found.
In the war against CJNG and its leader Mencho, for control of Guanajuato, January, and June of this year, 2,293 victims of intentional homicide were registered in the State.
An average of 12.5 people murdered every day in Guanajuato so far this year, making it the most violent region in Mexico.
The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel was mainly dedicated to the theft of hydrocarbons, by milking pipelines at the “Antonio M. Amor” refinery in Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), located in Salamanca.
In 2019, military reports indicated that the “El Marro” area of operation had extended to Hidalgo, Querétaro and an area of Jalisco.
CSRL a had a presence in about 20 of the 46 municipalities of Guanajuato, predominantly in the central, south and southeast area ofthe entity. These were key areas for the transfer of drugs to the northern and Bajío areas, and for “huachicoleo” due to the presence of fuel supply lines and the Salamanca refinery.
Initially, CSRL group was linked to the Gulf Cartel-Zetas, but later it gained strength to operate on its own, in addition to hydrocarbons, they were in the sale of drugs, extortion and other types of crimes.
Translates to: Federal and state forces have arrested “El Marro”, the main leader of a criminal group that operated in the Laja-Bajío region of the State of Guanajuato.
El Marro was questioned to verify his identity. In the video, Marro is questioned about his age, the name of his mother, his father, as well as his nickname.
In the video, he is wearing a gray sweatshirt, when asked his age, he stumbles with his eyes going on tour as he seems to struggle in remembering the answer….he finally says “cuarenta”, affirming that his age is 40, and he was born on July 23, 1980. [El Marro was born in the town of San Antonio de Morelos belonging to the municipality of Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, near Celaya, Guanajuato].
He also struggles with his father’s full name before answering; “Rodolfo Yépez”.
He says the name of his mother is Maria Eva Ortiz Reyes
Helicopter ride below to Altiplano prison No. 1:
Footage of El Marro being detained by elements of the Mexican military. He is briefly interrogated then put on a helicopter waiting for him pic.twitter.com/e0UWdHM3EA