Narcos, murderers and former officials: the infamous list of criminals with whom “El Marro” will share the Altiplano prison

The Altiplano federal prison is classified as high security. (Photo: SAÚL LÓPEZ / CUARTOSCURO)

The capture of José Antonio “N” alias el “Marro” occurred at dawn on Sunday August 2 in Guanajuato, It has been one of the most accurate blows by the security forces in the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration.

That is why the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) was transferred this Friday to the maximum security prison of El Altiplano, since according to the Secretary of Citizen Security, Alfonso Durazo Montaño, the transfer guarantees the safety of the leader of the Cartel of Santa Rosa de Lima.

“Outside the state (Guanajuato) and in a federal prison there is greater security regarding the arrest of this person. The risks, his permanence in Guanajuato, evidenced the risks to his security, since being in the state where he has built a network of complicities, his stay in a medium security prison was easier or made vulnerable “, he warned.

However, this so-called “maximum security” prison is famous for being where Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped through a kilometer tunnel as it houses some of the most infamous and dangerous criminals. Here are some of them.

Joaquín Chapo Guzmán (REUTERS / Henry Romero)
Joaquín Chapo Guzmán (REUTERS / Henry Romero)

On the infamous list of Altiplano tenants are names like Servando Gómez, “The suit”, Former leader of the Knights Templar in Michoacan.

Servando Gómez.  (Photo: File)
Servando Gómez. (Photo: File)

José Ángel Casarrubias Salgado was also imprisoned behind its walls, The Mochomo”, An alleged cartel leader United warriors and allegedly linked to disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

Angel Casarrubias Salgado.  (Photo: FGR)
Angel Casarrubias Salgado. (Photo: FGR)

Another dangerous drug lord from the Altiplano is Abigael González Valencia, “El Cuini”, leader of the criminal group Los Cuinis, partners, operators of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.

Former leaders of Los Zetas Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, “The Z-40”, Omar Treviño Morales, “El Z-42”, and Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.

Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.  (Photo: File)
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. (Photo: File)

The list continues with:

Juan Manuel, “El Rey Midas”, and Víctor “N”, alias El Chómpiras, alleged operators of the Sinaloa Cartel; Ramón “N”, El Mon or El Gabino, who served the Beltrán Leyva Cartel.

Héctor Mario and Luis Manuel Hernández, related to the attack on the LeBarón family in November 2019.

The capture of “El Marro”

The governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, through his Twitter account, reported that he was arrested José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias “El Marro”, alleged criminal leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

“I want to inform you that this morning in a joint operation between State and Federal Forces the main leader of a criminal group was arrestedHe who operated in the Laja-Bajío region of the State of Guanajuato ”, wrote on social media.

For its part, The Attorney General of the State of Guanajuato reported that the arrest of Marro was achieved in a coordinated operation of federal and state forces, and has resulted in his capture.

In addition to the capture, a businesswoman from Apaseo el Grande, who was kidnapped, was rescued.

The Secretary of Public Security, Alfonso Durazo Montaño, detailed, also through social networks, which was during the early hours of this Sunday, In an action led by the Mexican Army and supported by the state prosecutor’s office, how they captured the criminal leader.


“This morning, in an action headed by the Mexican Army and supported by @FGEGUANAJUATO, José Antonio” N “, also known as” El Marro “, was arrested. At this moment it is at the disposal of the judicial authority ”.

Durazo Montaño explained that “the legal formalities will be transferred to CEFERESO del Altiplano to make it available to the federal judge who issued an arrest warrant for organized crime and fuel theft.” wrote the Secretary of Security.

“The Security Cabinet recognizes the great support of the state of Guanajuato”, Durazo posted on his Twitter account.

With “El Marro” were also arrested five more people, to whom high-powered weapons were found.

Until now, the authorities have not released more information on the arrest of José “Y”, “El Marro”.

Nor, so far, have there been no roadblocks or mobilization of members of the criminal group, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, as in previous operations.


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