Mexican police have been pulling a noose around Yépez in recent months. His mother and sister ended up in custody for a while. The men of the law arrested the suspect early Sunday morning during a raid on two houses in the city of Guanajuato in the state of the same name in the center of the country. Police also confiscated weapons and freed the abducted businesswoman.
Guanajuato is an important industrial center of the country, where the production of cars, aircraft and other heavy industries is concentrated. These activities, together with important energy infrastructure, attract criminal organizations that specialize in drug trafficking, but also in extortion, kidnapping and theft of fuel.
Cártel de Santa Rosa de Lima competes for spheres of influence here, especially with the powerful gang Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación.
According to Leonard Rocha of the BBC, the arrest of Yépez represents a major victory for the Mexican government, which is facing an increase in violence that has not limited the spread of coronavirus.
After taking office in December 2018, left-wing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to reduce violence in the country with the help of a new strategy.
However, in 2019 alone, over 31,000 people were murdered here, and few people applied to the National Guard, which López Obrador wants to combat violence.