Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz, the Marro, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, pay to 60 years in prison for the crime of kidnapping against a businesswoman.
In a virtual hearing held at the Mil de Valle Santiago Prison Justice Center, the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office He filed charges corresponding to the common jurisdiction against the criminal leader and his collaborators. An oral trial court evaluated the evidence for more than four hours and convicted those responsible
According to the ministerial dependency, Yépez Ortiz was found guilty along with five subjects who accompanied him on August 2, 2020, when the kidnapped person and all those in the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel were insured from a farm Juventino Rosas.
All the defendants appeared remotely, because as the leader huachicoleroThey are locked up in different prisons. The appearance began around 1:30 p.m. on January 14, 18 months after the arrest. But legal proceedings are pending for fuel theft or aggravated homicide.
“We have strong institutions to guarantee justice with the full weight of the law to those who break it. In the Government of Guanajuato we will not stop until we achieve Guanajuato in peace that its good people deserve to live in,” he published after the report. Diego Sinhue Rodriguez, governor of the entity.
At the request of the federal authority, the Marro He was confined in the maximum security prison of the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation Number 1, Altiplano, for more than a year and it was the defense who sought delay hearing end under the argument of lack of information in the files, he also requested additional time to read the evidence and look for witnesses.
On January 5, it was announced that did not receive protection requested after his complaints of mistreatment and isolation during his confinement, since he did not prove such accusations, which were also denied by prison staff located in Almoloya, Mexico state.
In the same way, another process is being carried out for the crime of attempted homicide and in tort of public servants, as a consequence of the attack against at least 20 items that they would execute arrest warrant against him, belonging to the Special Immediate Reaction Group of the Attorney General of Guanajuato.
An agent of Public ministry provided evidence that proves the former leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel his probable responsibility in the crime.
During a hearing held remotely on June 15, ruled in favor of the investigating authority the process derived from the events recorded on August 2, 2020, in the community of Tavera, in the municipality of Juventino Rosas.
The Marro headed a cell of criminals who were dedicated to fuel theft of the pipelines Mexican oil (Pemex), an activity known as “milking” or huachicoleo and over time, the cell escalated to become the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, with control of Guanajuato.
Was the March 4, 2019 when the state government, with the support of federal forces, launched an offensive called rudder stroke against the criminal organization led by the Marro and combat fuel theft in the area.
It was then that the now accused managed to escape through tunnels that connected four properties in the area. In addition, he managed to get the population to support him with roadblocks and confrontations with the authorities, who, faced with unarmed civilians, could not act, while Yépez Ortiz escaped.
The arrest of Marro
Yépez Ortiz was arrested on a farm in the municipality of Juventino Rosas for army and the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office on August 2, 2020, it went down along with eight of its operators and while they had kidnapped a businesswoman from Apaseo el Alto. However, the capo’s fall has not represented a decrease in violence in the state.
According to the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), the arrest was derived from intelligence work, since a judge granted two search warrants which allowed the detention of nine people and the businesswoman who had been kidnapped was released.
In the first search they were secured five long guns, three short, one grenade launcher, a truck, a four-wheeler, a motorcycle and money, in the place was the Marro, your head of security, Saul Sergio “N” and four more people, while in the second three people were arrested with 36 thousand 400 pesos in cash As a result of the shots derived from the capture, one person was injured.
Initially, the hydrocarbon theft monopolys in the entity was in the hands of corrupt Pemex officials, who sought support from the local mafia to which he belonged the Marro. But Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel took over the business, grew with the support of more public servants and unleashed a wave of violence by challenging the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in 2017. Two years later, when the persecution was upon him, he also threatened the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
With the arrest of their leaders and the advance of the CJNG decreased in power, but criminality remains unstoppable in Guanajuato, which is positioned as the entity in the entire country with the most murders that have been added since 2015 and in 2021 they reached more than eight thousand cases. The drug war is still going on.