Like i mentioned in an earlier blog .....Pablo Escobar warned about the mexican cartels .....their ruthlessness......how they would bring a war on drugs .......and guess what they arrest one another boss takes over .....its never ending .......america will never win against the cartel .....different kind of beast .......over 20 thousand people have been killed in mexico more than wars ........this is a war ...but its only one sided ......if they think they are going to win this they are nuts ......when people can spend millions of dollars build and engineering tunnels for the sole purpose of transporting drugs .......this is geo engineering .....they don't stop ......when american stop desiring the white powder ........which will never happen! ....then wall street will die! .....and most of the film industry .......cocaine is the narcissists drug .......and there are no shortage of them .......in the finance world we all know that ......not too mention the govt ......its Americas desire for the drug .......that propels the cartels to take any measure to get it across the border .....they say for every kilo seized .....100 gets through ,.....that's the numbers that's said .......so go figure
Mexican army arrests drug lord in losing battle against increasingly violent cartels
The Mexican Army and state security forces captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a notorious drug gang leader blamed for helping fuel a surge in violence that has severely tested the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican president.
Widely known as "El Marro" (The Mallet), Yepez was captured early on Sunday morning, according to the federal government and authorities in the central state of Guanajuato, one of the principal flashpoints of gang violence in Mexico.
"This is a tremendously successful blow for the government," said Raul Benitez, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Yepez, boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a Guanajuato-based gang, has been engaged in a bloody struggle for criminal control of the state with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the country's most powerful and violent groups.
The capture should deliver a boost to Lopez Obrador, who pledged to bring down record levels of violence plaguing the country when he took office in December 2018. Instead, homicides have further increased during his presidency.
The Guanajuato attorney general's office said security forces captured Yepez with five other people and rescued a kidnapped local businesswoman during the operation. An "arsenal" of weapons was also secured during the raid.
Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said Yepez would be taken 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.
A hub of the carmaking industry, Guanajuato was once one of the safer regions of Mexico, but the violence of the past few years has pushed national homicide tallies to record levels.
Writing on Twitter, Durazo said Yepez had been arrested for suspected organized crime and fuel theft.
Mexico arrests 'El Marro,' gang leader at the center of a bloody cartel war
Mexican authorities on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a gang known for stealing millions of dollars in fuel from government pipelines and for turning once-peaceful Guanajuato state into one of the most dangerous regions in the country.
Videos show the predawn capture by federal and state authorities of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, who is known by the alias "El Marro," which means "the Sledgehammer." He was detained along with five others in a raid that authorities said also freed a kidnapped businesswoman.
The capture of Yépez Ortiz, one of the most high-profile arrests by the Mexican government in years, highlights the contradictory nature of the security policies pushed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He has vowed to fight crime by eradicating poverty and break with the militarized strategies of his predecessors but in practice has not always done so.
It also casts a focus on the changing nature of Mexico's criminal organizations, which have branched out far beyond transnational drug trafficking and are now engaged in cargo robbery, domestic drug sales and control of industries as diverse as gold mining and the avocado trade.
Yépez Ortiz, 40, first made headlines for reportedly stealing more than $1 million worth of fuel a day from the many pipelines radiating from a government-owned oil refinery in the city of Salamanca. His cartel became the most powerful of the country's many fuel-theft gangs, known as huachicoleros, and later branched out into other illegal enterprises, including extortion and local drug sales.
In 2017, his group ran afoul of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico, led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as "El Mencho."
Mexican media have reported that the Jalisco cartel, which is a leading smuggler of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the United States, originally tried to make a deal with Yépez Ortiz: Keep the lucrative fuel-theft business but allow Jalisco's drug mules to ferry their product through the state.
Yépez Ortiz not only rejected the offer, but also reportedly ordered the killing of the nephew of the Jalisco group's leader, setting off a cartel war that has convulsed the state in violence.
There were 3,540 killings in Guanajuato last year, a more than threefold increase since 2016.
With 2,293 killings in the first half of this year, Guanajuato is on pace to set a new record. Among the many brutal acts recorded in the state in recent months was themassacre of 27 people at a drug rehabilitation center in the city of Irapuato, which authorities believe was carried out by the Santa Rosa gang.
Last year, Yépez Ortiz escaped a raid by authorities on his compound, possibly through an underground complex of tunnels.
Authorities did not say where he was arrested Sunday. A video that appeared to be leaked from somebody present at the raid showed him, in a gray sweatshirt and tan work boots, being taken toward a helicopter by heavily armed security forces.
Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said Yépez Ortiz would be charged with organized crime and fuel theft.
Mexican and U.S. authorities praised the arrest, with U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau tweeting in Spanish: "Criminals think they are so smart, but in the end we good guys will always win."
But others questioned whether it might actually stoke more violence.
The Jalisco cartel last month posted a video apparently filmed near the border of Jalisco and Guanajuato states that showed dozens of its members outfitted with assault riffles and machine guns as well as an anti-aircraft missile.
"Experience leads us to be cautious," tweeted former congressman Fernando Belaunzarán. "Dozens of leaders have been captured in Mexico and it has not caused a reduction in violence.."
He was referring to the targeting of cartel capos, known as the “kingpin strategy,” which has been a key element of Mexican security efforts since 2006, when the country, aided by the United States, first deployed soldiers, marines and federal police officers in the war on the gangs.
While some security analysts argue that such strategies helped stop Mexico from becoming a narco state, they also unwittingly unleashed a wave of violence as would-be kingpins fought for control of cartels. For example, Mexico has recorded several of its bloodiest years since the arrest and extradition of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in 2017.
López Obrador, who was elected in a landslide victory in 2018 in part on his pledge to bring peace to this violence-weary nation, has repeatedly renounced the militarized approach of his predecessors, for whom capturing cartel leaders was a priority.
He has vowed to tackle organized crime by fighting poverty instead, a strategy he has dubbed "hugs, not bullets."
Yet those promises have not translated to concrete changes on the ground. Since he took office a year and a half ago, armed federal forces have continued to pursue leaders of criminal groups, including a botched operation to capture Guzmán's son last fall.
Federal troops briefly detained the young drug boss, but later decided to release him after the Sinaloa cartel took large parts of the northern city of Culiacan hostage.
López Obrador said the decision to release the younger Guzmán was made to save innocent lives. “We will no longer fight violence with violence,” he said at the time. “There is no longer a war against drug traffickers.”
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