Huachicolero criminal leader “El Marro” is still at large

Soldiers stand in front of the flames generated by a fire in a clandestine fuel valve May 7. Photo: Jose Castanares/AFP via Getty Images

The “Golpe de Timón” operation that the security forces of Guanajuato, together with the Mexican Army, implemented in several municipalities of the state to dismantle the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and arrest its leader José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, aka “El Marro” , has resulted in more than 40 people being detained for alleged links to the criminal group, but Mexican law enforcement forces have not been able to arrest “El Marro” yet.

The governor of Guanajuato, Diego Rodríguez Vallejo, revealed that there are 42 people who are being processed during the operation called “Golpe de Timón“, which is carried out in municipalities such as Salamanca, Villagrán, Cortazar, among others, since March 3rd.

According to information from Infobae, the operation is carried out as part of the actions to combat the criminal group that operates in the area, which is mainly dedicated to theft of fuels, the so-called “huachicoleo“.

“Without a single shot fired, the objectives are being achieved, more than 25 houses were searched, resulting in more than 40 detentions, more than 100 stolen vehicles recovered, along with weapons, drugs, and even explosives” said the governor of Guanajuato.

In recent days, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported that members of the Federal Police detained two presumed members of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel in Mexico City and Cortázar, Guanajuato, Jesús Alberto “H” , alias “El Flaco” and Martín “R”, better known as “El Bala”, both are allegedly close collaborators of the cartel leader “El Marro”, who is still at large.

Since the arrival of federal and state forces in the community of Santa Rosa de Lima in the municipality of Villagrán, the town used as operations center by criminal leader José Antonio Yépez “El Marro”, more than 100 vehicles and 21 properties have been secured, according to local authorities.

However, the whereabouts of “El Marro” remain unknown.

SMT Newsroom with information from SIPSE



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