Mexico gang leader sentenced to 60 years in prison

State authorities say the leader of against the law gang infamous for siphoning gasoline from authorities gasoline pipelines has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping

MEXICO CITY — The leader of against the law gang infamous for siphoning gasoline from authorities gasoline ducts has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping, in accordance to authorities in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato.

José Antonio Yépez Ortiz had been one in all Mexico’s most wished suspects prior to his arrest on Aug. 2, 2020, following a shootout with police. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador praised the arrest on the time as “essential, crucial.”

The gang had lengthy fought a bloody turf battle with the Jalisco cartel, and authorities blamed him for a lot of the violence in the economic and farming state of Guanajuato.

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The state Attorney General’s Office stated late Friday that the person often called “El Marro” — which suggests “The Sledgehammer” — was sentenced by a court docket in the area. Local news media stated he nonetheless faces costs of tried murder, theft of gasoline and arranged crime.

Yépez Ortíz’s Santa Rosa de Lima gang bought its begin robbing freight trains and stealing from gasoline pipelines however branched out into extortion and different crimes — particularly after López Obrador declared struggle on pipeline faucets and quickly shut off the circulation of gasoline early in his administration.

Yépez Ortiz was uncommon amongst gang leaders in posting movies with emotional calls to his followers, together with one a couple of months earlier than his personal arrest in which he appeared to cry after a number of of his supporters and kin have been arrested. In one other video across the identical time, he threatened to be a part of forces with the Sinaloa cartel to fight Jalisco.

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The turf battle with Jalisco turned Guanajuato, with its overseas auto crops and vacationer cities like San Miguel de Allende, into essentially the most violent state in Mexico.

The Santa Rosa gang was not a drug cartel, however slightly a robust, violent gang that grew up in a farming hamlet of the identical title by stealing gasoline and robbing trains.

It tried to construct a assist community amongst native residents by permitting them to take a minor share in the spoils of the robberies. When authorities safety efforts made gasoline thefts tougher, it turned to extorting money from businesses like tortilla outlets and sellers of vehicles and farm tools.

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