José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez Ortiz of Mexico is a drug trafficker and huachicolero, a person dedicated to the theft and illicit sale of motor fuel and adulterated alcoholic beverage. He is the former leader of the Cártel de Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL) or the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.
CSRL is the rival of Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) or the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is headed by Nemesio Rubén “El Mencho” Oseguera. Here are 13 more facts about El Marro:
- He was born in Santa Cruz, Guanajuato, Mexico on July 16, 1980 to Rodolfo Juan Yépez Godoy and Maria Eva Ortiz. His mother was a financier for the CSRL.
- In 2008, he was arrested for theft and organized delinquency. He paid an expensive bail bond and was released so he did not serve his full sentence.
- In 2010, he started his criminal career by directing transfer of drugs and theft of vehicles. In 2014, he dabbled in fuel theft as the second-in-command to David “El Güero” Figueroa, a former high-ranking police officer who founded CSRL.
- In 2017, he became the leader of CSRL. In the same year, he declined El Mencho’s proposal to him that he work for CJNG.
- In October 2017, under his leadership, CSRL declared war on the CJNG’s cartel for the control of fuel theft in Mexican municipalities Celaya, Irapuato, León, Los Apaseos and Salamanca.
- In December 2017, El Mencho declared war on him.
- In 2019, he formed an alliance with the Gulf Cartel armed wing Special Forces Grupo Sombra to counter CJNG and to contest the plazas of Guanajuato.
- In July 2019, over $35 million dollars from different accounts belonging to him and the CSRL were frozen by authorities.
- On January 11, 2020, he escaped unharmed when CJNG gunmen attacked the wedding of his sister Karem Lizbeth Yépez Ortiz at the Our Lady of San Juan church in Pelavacas, Celaya. Karem, who was in charge of CSRL’s finances, was fatally shot while his groom known as El Calamardo was kidnapped.
- On January 29, 2020, his wife Karina Mora was arrested in a safe house in Celaya by the army, marines, National Guard, state police and agents from Guanajuato’s Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) or Attorney General’s Office, Reforma reported. She was released on February 6, 2020.
- His niece Denise Yépez Pérez was arrested in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato on February 11, 2020 while his father was arrested in Celaya was arrested on March 5, 2020.
- On June 20, 2020, he managed to escape while 26 CSRL members including his mother, his sister Juana Yépez Ortiz and his cousin Rosalba Ortiz were arrested by the army and state police at a home in San Isidro Elguera in Celaya, Guanajuato, Milenio reported. The arrestees went to that house to receive their weekly payroll.
- On August 2, 2020, he was arrested in Guanajuato by federal and state authorities in Guanajuato along with five other people. He will be transferred to Centro Federal de Reinserción Social (CEFERESO) del Altiplano, a maximum-security prison in Almoloya, Mexico.