The fall of Marro: what are the crimes of which the bloody leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel is accused

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“El Marro”, leader of the Santa Rosa Lima Cartel (Photo: Special)

Stalked for over two years, and arrested last Sunday, August 2, Jose Antonio Yepez, “El Marro”, faces his first hearing on Tuesday, in which he is expected to be charged with a control judge crimes of kidnapping and attempted murder.

As leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, Yepez Ortiz is accused of having committed crimes for organized crime and fuel theft.

On Monday night, “El Marro” was transferred to Puentecillas prison, Guanajuato, where weeks ago her mother, Maria Eva Ortiz, was imprisoned, who was later released.

Next Friday, the Huachicolero leader is expected to be transferred to the Altiplano prison (Photo: File)
Next Friday, the Huachicolero leader is expected to be transferred to the Altiplano prison (Photo: File)

The virtual hearing of Jose Antonio Yepez began this Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Criminal Orality Court, Valle de Santiago headquarters, specialized in high impact crimes such as kidnapping.

At the request of the defense of Marro, the process began in a virtual and private way, since the publication of information could put at risk the family of the narco, who have already suffered attacks by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

It is presumed that The Huachicolero leader could be transferred to the Altiplano maximum security prison until next Friday.

José Antonio Yepez, known as "the Brown", was captured on August 2 in the town of Franco Tavera, in Guanajuato, (Photo: Office of the Attorney General of Guanajuato / VIA REUTERS)
Jose Antonio Yepez, known as “el Marro”, was captured on August 2 in the town of Franco Tavera, in Guanajuato, (Photo: Office of the Attorney General of Guanajuato / VÍA REUTERS)

The fall of Yepez Ortiz would imply the decline of several officials of the entity. Security analysts like David Saucedo they suggest that “El Marro” could become a collaborating witness of the federal government to reveal the network of state officials who provided him with protection.

The pact between the criminal and the authorities would aim reduce your sentence and have favorable prison conditions.

With the arrest of “El Marro”, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel is not dismantled, so a increase in violence by internal disputes and a probable offensive of the CJNG, that could take advantage of the disorganization of its rivals to attack them.

Acts of violence perpetrated by the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, on March 10 (Photo: REUTERS / Sergio Maldonado)
Acts of violence perpetrated by the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, on March 10 (Photo: REUTERS / Sergio Maldonado)

The origins of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel date back to a 2017 split of the CJNG, led by Nemesio Osegura Cervantes “El Mencho”. It operates in the so-called Red Triangle of fuel theft, strewn with Pemex pipelines.

“El Marro” decided to focus its business mainly on gasoline. And so it became so strong that it threatened the powerful Jalisco Cartel more than two years ago. Through a home recording, dozens of men wearing balaclavas and AK-47s warned the CJNG that if they did not leave their land, their mother was going to split them. It was the first official appearance of the Santa Rosa, although it is estimated that “El Marro” has been in business for more than 10 years.

Since then, The bloody dispute between the two cartels fueled violence in a traditionally calm state. In the first two weeks of January, 213 people were killed, making Guanajuato one of the deadliest entities in Mexico.

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