Mexican army has captured, José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez Ortiz, a famous drug cartel leader believed to be one big name on the list of the most wanted drug lords in the country, the country’s security forces have announced. 

José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez Ortiz, believed to be in his forties is the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL), a dreaded Mexican criminal organization from the state of Guanajuato was captured on Sunday, August 2, in a village called Franco after several years on the run.


Yepez Ortis is accused of fueling crimes in the central state of Guanajuato, and has been an arch rival to another dreaded drug cartel Jalisco New Generation cartel. 

According to press releases, his cartel rival, Jalisco New Generation under the firm control of 54-year-old drugs kingpin Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, nicknamed ‘El Mencho.’ is considered one of Mexico’s deadliest cartels He is Mexico’s, most-wanted man.

Yepez Ortiz who was on the run for years was captured along with five other suspects holding a kidnapped businesswoman.


During the swoop on two buildings, soldiers freed the kidnapped businesswoman and seized a cache of weapons including a grenade launcher, the Defense Ministry said.

Ortiz will be transferred to the Altiplano penitentiary, a maximum-security prison where drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was housed before he escaped through a tunnel in 2015. Guzman was recaptured in 2016. 

The Guanajuato attorney general released the following statement: “A joint operation of federal forces and local forces achieved the arrest of the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz alias “El Marro” and the liberation of a businesswoman kidnapped.”

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Our take in all these happenings is that crime does not pay. If you engage in crime, it will be a matter of time for you to be caught. Hope he has a nice time in prison with El Chapo Guzman.


Army Apprehends Mexican drug lord ‘El Marro’ after years on the run

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