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Monday, April 10, 2023

Two Bodies Left with Narco Messages, One from Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima Kill in Celaya, Guanajuato

By “El Huaso” for Borderland Beat

A man's body was found with a narco message signed by the Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima in Colonia Tres Guerras in Celaya, Guanajuato on Sunday, April 9, 2023. The day after, a video showing another body with a message on similar paper found outside Celaya.

The body was found around 4:00 p.m. on Manuel A. Camacho street on the corner with Avenida Constituyentes, reported narco blog Valor por Tamaulipas.

The message is mostly illegible because of blurry photos, but the words "Marro" and letters "CSRDL", as well as the logo of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel can be seen.

On Monday, April 10, a mans body was found on the Libramiento Celaya highway outside the city. Video taken from a slow moving car shows the paper is the same as the message left on Sunday, but no text is visible to confirm.

"Marro" refers to José Antonio Yépez Ortiz alias "El Marro" (The Sledgehammer", who lead the CSRL for several years until his capture in 2020. He is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence in the Altiplano prison in nearby Mexico State. 

Under the text is the logo of the CSRL, with has crossed sledgehammers inside a triangle. The sledgehammers refer to El Marro, while the triangle alludes to the "triangle of huachicol" (fuel theft), the region the criminal group operates in, according to the Small Wars Journal. Some variations of the logo have skulls, the state of Guanajuato, or a slightly different acronym. 

Image via Small Wars Journal

While violence in Guanajuato has been trending downwards since a peak of 5,083 in 2020, El Universal noted that homicide trends are up 21% in 2023, comparing the period of January to March. Guanajuato remains the most violent state in Mexico since 2018, due to a brutal cartel war between the Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL), and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

Sources: El Universal, Valor por Tamaulipas, Small Wars Journal@BjxNoticias

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  1. Huaso, 1200 kilos de coca fueron asegurados en Nayarit el día de ayer, periodico vanguardia tiene la nota.

  2. CSRDL is still functioning from what it seems. They've tooken some hits of late. A few weeks ago they aressted about 16 of them at a safehouse or something like that. Does anyone happen to know if the CDG Escorpiones still assisting CSRDL down there in Guanajuato? I ask because certain things I've heard have me wondering if Matamoros and CJNG have a truce going on. Any input would be highly appreciated.

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    2. Interesting. After years of reading BB I'm still amazed by people who can remember names, truces, variations of battles and the general upheaval of characters.

    3. @5:02 you got links for that???

    4. 502 is a Sinaloa dickrider. Yes we know, Chapo and Marro really didn't cry to the contras. It was ILM special effects

    5. @6:43pm Not so unusual if you think about it. BB probably acts as a trade publication for the narco crowd. Plus civilian fans of mafia lore are steeped in chronologies, alliances, players, major battles etc.
      The Italian-American Mafia has been an interest of mine for a long time. Despite having no skin in the game as it were, I can confidently hold my own in any conversation about the Italian-American Mafia.

  3. SANTA ROSA rebels are still giving hell to CJNG cartel seems like some CDS operatives and commanders are in Guanajuato giving them support

    1. Let’s keep it real - it’s not all of Guanajuato - but the southern pipeline triangle and even though CJNG talks shit about Leon, SMA, and Guanajuato Guanajuato belonging to CJNG - they are full of propoganda bullshit.


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