The operation against drug trafficking in Guanajuato ends with the freedom of all the detainees | International

Members of the National Guard during the operation against El Marro in Guanajuato.
Members of the National Guard during the operation against El Marro in Guanajuato.Str / EFE

An operation against the cartel’s financial structure, the authorities then called it. On June 20, a major military operation surrounded the area of ​​residence and influence of another of the country’s public enemies: El Marro, the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, in Guanajuato (Mexico). And his collaborators set fire to vehicles and shops, chaos seized this central region of the country from the industrial south. But, according to the Government, nothing had impeded the mission’s objective: the arrest of 31 alleged collaborators of the group, among them, the mother, the sister, a cousin of the capo and two alleged members of the gang, captured with two million pesos in cash (about 78,360 euros) and a kilo of methamphetamines. But just a week later, none of the detainees has been prosecuted. There were so many errors in the files that the judge in charge of the case failed to release those who remained this Sunday. The promised blow to drug trafficking has been reduced to one more failure of the institutions in their fight against organized crime.

Most of those arrested that night were linked to the riots and not to the cartel that controls fuel theft in a Mexican oil and industrial corridor, according to authorities. So 26 of them were released the day after their arrest. Seven were minors. Five remained, for whom this operation had been designed, of a federal and state nature, and had issued arrest warrants. Five key pieces in the financial structure of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, the authorities had announced. Some videos of José Antonio Yépez, The MarroTearfully, threatening retaliation against the Government, he seemed to conclude that the alleged criminal had been defeated with this affront to the authorities.

The defense of the accused was able to verify in the hearings this weekend how the arrest warrants arrived four hours after the arrests, so that they were illegally detained at least during that time. Furthermore, they were not captured in the homes for which those orders were issued, but in nearby locations. Also, that the cash seized by the Prosecutor’s Office had been “sown” by the authorities, that is, that they had placed it there to arrest them in flagrante delicto, as well as the seized drugs. The Prosecutor’s Office could not dismantle the evidence of the defense and the judge Paulina Iraís Medina issued a ruling that threw overboard with a paragraph the spectacular operation of June 20.

The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, declared on Monday in his daily press conference that the release of the capo’s family environment was due to the “corruption” of the local authorities. And he even pointed directly to the state prosecutor, Carlos Zamarripa, who “has already been in power for 12 years.” He has not explained, however, how an operation designed as an alliance of the federal and state government, although led by the National Guard (the president’s security emblem), could be carried out with so few guarantees of success, according to Judge Medina’s conclusions. . Responsibility for the arrests was not solely state-owned, so negligence in the operation must escalate to its own government. For now, the ball has been returned to the Government of Guanajuato.

The president has also directed his accusation against the judge. A common recourse by the authorities after the failure of the security operations is to attack a union that is already exercising its profession with high levels of risk. Just two weeks ago, federal magistrate Uriel Villegas was shot to death with his wife in Colima after having learned of various cases related to the son of cartel leader Jalisco Nueva Generación, the most powerful in the country. “There is always talk of alleged criminals being released because the investigation was not well integrated and is a way of concealing an agreement, a transaction [trampa], to say it clearly. Some judges are always looking for that, I do not generalize, but there is … They look for if there was a failure in the time of the arrest, in the papers that were presented, in anything, to release suspected criminals, “said López Obrador this Monday.

The Guanajuato government has responded to the president’s statements, through a message from its governor, Diego Sinuhe Rodríguez (from the PAN, opposition to López Obrador). The local president affirms that the State Prosecutor’s Office should not attract this case because it was about federal crimes such as organized crime and drug trafficking. The ball, again, for the federal government.

In the midst of a political dispute, there remains an entity that supports the highest levels of violence in its history. For two years, the traditionally prosperous and secure state in the Bajío region of Mexico has become the bloodiest area in the country. The state government is under strong pressure from the business sector, very powerful in the area, to end insecurity. Official figures register 2,089 murders up to May, that is, almost 14 a day. The city of Irapuato is among the most violent in the world.

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