- The latest development is a sign that the Mexican government is once again tightening the screws on the Santa Rosa de Lima syndicate.
- Following the latest arrests, the drug lord has vowed to retaliate for the humiliation.
- Earlier this year, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel sent assassins to take him out at his sister’s wedding.
Violence has erupted in the state of Guanajuato following the incarceration of 24 gang members, and the mother and sister of drug kingpin José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, also known as El Marro. Members allied to the group have blocked highways and set fire to vehicles to protest the latest arrests.
El Marro heads the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. The organization is based in the state of Guanajuato, and has often clashed with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which is headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as El Mencho.
The latest development is a sign that the Mexican government is once again tightening the screws on the Santa Rosa de Lima syndicate. Turf wars involving the group have caused a spike in homicide cases across the region. The cartel is involved in drug trafficking as well as extortion, oil theft, and carjacking.
The authorities have, in the past two years, seized properties worth millions of dollars belonging to El Marro, its leader. They have also ramped up efforts to freeze bank accounts tied to his criminal organization.
Following the latest arrests, the drug lord has vowed to retaliate for the humiliation, according to a message sent to local news networks in Guanajuato. “They humiliated and did what they want with the family and I am going to be a stone in their shoe,” he says.
El Marro has in the past threatened Mexican President Lopez Obrador for sending law enforcement officers to the state. In 2019, he left a narcomanta that read as follows.
“I’ve left you a little gift in my refinery so that you see how things are going to get if you don’t release my people who have been taken . . . Face up to the consequences. Yours sincerely, El Señor Marro.”
The “little gift” that he was referring to turned out to be explosives packed in a vehicle. Mexican authorities were able to defuse the bombs before any harm was caused. Earlier this year, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel sent assassins to take him out at his sister’s wedding.
He was, however, able to escape. He apparently left the venue before the CJNG gunmen arrived. The CJNG has, on many occasions, tried to take him out in order to dismantle his gang, as has become a thorn in the flesh to its operations.
Turf wars have led to the loss of lives on both sides, and until he is gone, the situation in the state is likely to remain unchanged. There are reports that the clash has weakened El Marro’s cartel, but the kingpin has so far managed to evade capture.
He is rumored to have the protection of corrupt state authorities on his payroll. That said, the walls are closing in on his inner circle.