Mexico captures leader of bloody Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican security forces have captured drug gang leader Adán Ochoa, known as “El Azul,” who headed a cartel central Mexico blamed for fanning a surge of violence this year.

Guanajuato’s governor Diego Sinhue announced Ochoa’s capture on Twitter on Wednesday night.

Ochoa rose to the head of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, a Guanajuato-based outfit, after Mexican security forces captured the gang’s former boss, Jose Antonio Yepez, known as “El Marro,” in August. [nL1N2F4046]

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been engaged in a bloody struggle for supremacy in the state with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent gangs, leading to soaring violence in the region.

Reporting by Diego Ore Oviedo; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman