- Fugitive drug lord, El Azul, leads the CJNG Cartel.
- The murder rate in the area is climbing again.
- He is allegedly to have been in charge of a narco trafficking corridor into the US.
Following the recent arrest of Santa Rosa de Lima cartel leader José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, also known as El Marro, violence in the state of Guanajuato fell by more than 30 percent. His arrest was proclaimed a victory for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, its main rival.
The triumph, however, seems to have been short-lived as the murder rate in the area is climbing again. According to the latest reports, the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has a new leader.
Adán González Ochoa, aka El Azul is reported to have taken over its leadership. He is alleged to be the main fancier behind the organization. His role in the group includes making drug shipment and precursor chemical arrangements for the cartel. He is allegedly to have been in charge of a narco trafficking corridor into the US prior to El Marro’s arrest.
His takeover has led to more dead bodies in Guanajuato as the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel tries to reassert its dominance. It is presently waging war against CJNG operatives in the region.
Who is EL Azul
El Azul is an old-school drug lord whose experience in the drug business rivals that of captured drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. Currently in his early 70s, he has for a long time now stayed away from the limelight.
There have been many reports indicating that he died in 2014. At the time, major Mexican news organizations indicated that he had died from a heart attack, and was supposedly cremated in a private ceremony that was only attended by family members.
Mexican officials have over the years been unable to confirm these rumors. He is widely regarded as a co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel alongside Ismael Zambada García, also known as El Mayo, and El Chapo.
His nickname, El Azul, alludes to his dark complexion. He has been a wanted man in Mexico since 1998. The United States government has also been looking for him since 2003 for drug trafficking offenses. El Azul has managed to outlive a few generations of Mexican drug lords that have ended up dead or imprisoned.
The Arrest of El Marro
Mexican security forces arrested José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, the former leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, in August. Also known as El Marro, which translates to the Sledgehammer, he was arrested in the central state of Guanajuato.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security issued a statement indicating that at least five cartel operatives were arrested alongside him in the sting operation.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador celebrated the development and said it was an important step in fighting impunity.
“The Ministry of National Defense, with the local government’s support, achieved this very important detention. We need to continue attending to the causes that provoke violence. We say no to corruption and impunity,” he said.