The former head of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel (CSRL) was arrested last August.
The leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel (CSRL) , Adán Ochoa, successor to drug lord José Antonio Yépez, el Marro , was arrested this Wednesday in the city of Celaya, said the governor of the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
Ochoa, nicknamed El Azul , took control of the CSRL last August from the Marro prison, one of the most dangerous drug lords who is being held in the Altiplano federal maximum security prison, for organized crime and fuel theft.
In a message on social networks, the governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, confirmed the capture of Ochoa , the alleged leader of the criminal group that operates in the Laja-Bajío region.
El Azul was arrested in Celaya, the third largest city in Guanajuato, located just 20 kilometers from Villagrán, the birthplace of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.
State and federal forces intervened in the operation for his capture , as detailed by the State Attorney General’s Office through his Twitter account.
Guanajuato, a state in central Mexico with 6 million inhabitants, has been the most violent region in the country since 2018 , due to the war between criminal groups for control of fuel and drug theft routes.
The disputes occur between the powerful Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) and the CSRL, which until today had Ochoa as its head, who is nicknamed Blue for the color of the main product that this cartel sells: the blue crystal, a cheap methamphetamine and very addictive.
Now, with the capture of Marro’s successor, it is uncertain how the criminal organization and the map of violence in the state will be reconfigured .
From 2018 to August of this year, the authorities have arrested 970 members of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, against 833 of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.
However, in the same period 9,862 people have also been murdered, and local authorities estimate that 90 percent of these homicides have some link to organized crime.