On June 21st, Jose “El Marro” Yepez, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel issued a video statement, threatening the Mexican government, as well as his competitor cartels.
He released several videos with threats, the video above contains all of them.
The videos were released after Mexican authorities reportedly arrested the mother and sister of an alleged crime gang boss along with 24 other people.
This prompted a wave of violence in the central state of Guanajuato.
The army said an operation involving both state and federal officials captured the two family members of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz.
Enraged members of the gang blocked highways and set cars and trucks ablaze along roads in the state and Yépez Ortiíz threatened further disturbances in the videos.
The gang began by robbing trains and expanded into stealing gasoline from government pipelines, and has branched out into extortion rackets, often clashing the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
“I’m going to be a stone in your shoe. I’m going to blow up, you will see,” Yepez said.
Yepez said he feared the authorities would frame his mother as one of the leaders of the cartel. “In my mother’s and my people name…I don’t fear you,” he said.
Yepez also said he could form a coalition with the Sinaloa cartel or other crime groups in the north to fight Santa Rosa’s arch-foe Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has been on a bloody expansion drive to take over rivals’ territories across the country.
In the area of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, authorities discovered two separate areas with the bodies of people the cartel had likely killed.
One location had four bodies. The four bodies were bound hand and foot and dumped near an old tin mine. Two had been doused with powdered quicklime, and two were identified as people who had been reported missing between May and June.
In a more remote area, inspectors found the remains of nine men and one woman scattered in the brush. All had been covered with quicklime.
Some of the bodies were also bound, and experts said they had apparently been dumped there about a month ago.
Quicklime is frequently used by the cartels to hide the scent of decomposing bodies.
Separately, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador admitted that he ordered the release of El Chapo’s son during a shoot-out between a cartel and security forces – and claimed he saved hundreds of lives in doing so.
An operation in October ended in absolute embarrassment after security forces briefly captured Ovidio Guzman, one of the sons of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel.
They were forced to let the 30-year-old go just hours later after soldiers were overwhelmed by cartel forces.
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