Mexican cartel boss and fuel theft king sentenced to 60 years in prison

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MEXICO CITY, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A Mexican cartel person who became 1 of the astir wanted criminals successful Mexico owed to his gang's industrial-scale theft of petroleum has been sentenced to 60 years successful prison, authorities prosecutors said connected Friday.

Jose Antonio Yepez, a notorious substance thief blamed for fanning a crisp surge successful unit successful the cardinal authorities of Guanajuato, was arrested successful 2020 successful what was a large coup for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Known arsenic "El Marro" (The Mallet), Yepez was the brag of the Guanajuato-based Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel that waged a bloody turf warfare successful the authorities with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), 1 of Mexico's astir almighty and convulsive gangs.

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The lawyer general's bureau of Guanajuato said successful a Twitter station that a determination tribunal "found him and his co-authors blameworthy of the transgression of kidnapping."

Yepez was the highest illustration narco arrested truthful acold nether Lopez Obrador, who had vowed to bring down grounds levels of unit and besides trim rampant theft of petroleum from pipelines of the state-owned lipid elephantine Pemex.

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel engaged successful an array of transgression activities successful Guanajuato, from cause smuggling to kidnapping. Fuel theft was often an casual root of wealth successful a authorities crisscrossed by pipelines and location to a large refinery.

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Writing by Drazen Jorgic

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