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|It was announced that agents of the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office killed Emmanuel “El Zermeño”, one of the main rivals of “El Marro” in the area, however, there is conflicting information on his name and photo used.|
After the exchange of bullets between the agents and the alleged criminal, he and his companion were treated by paramedics from the Regulatory Center for Medical Emergencies (CRUM) and transferred to the General Hospital of Querétaro to be evaluated by the emergency services. Unofficial versions on the day of the confrontation. suggested that he was apparently linked to one of the criminal cells operating in the state of Guanajuato.
Statement via Twitter from Guanajuato General Prosecutor’s Office
In the Ciudad del Sol neighborhood, Guanajuato Ministerial Police complied with an arrest warrant, issued by a judge of that entity, against a male for the crime of homicide in the neighboring state. In accordance with national protocols, the collaboration provided to police from other entities, by authorities where an authority mandate is executed, is to supervise actions in accordance with the said protocol and provide support on the periphery. The probable perpetrator resisted and tried to attack elements of the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office, when repelling the attack they caused injuries to him and another person, who are currently being evaluated by the emergency services, the defendant as a detainee. In the immediate vicinity of the place, the relevant investigations are carried out and the people who intervened will be made available to this Querétaro Prosecutor’s Office so that their legal situation can be determined.
The two injured were transferred to the General Hospital and one of them, probably the one they were trying to capture, died, while the other was seriously injured. The elements of the Guanajuato General Prosecutor’s Office were transferred to the Querétaro Public Ministry to render their statement on the shooting.
Where the shooting took place, there was an impressive police mobilization by state and municipal security corporations, who cordoned off the area to allow paramedics from the Medical Emergency Regulatory Center to care for the injured and carry out their transfer. In addition, to allow the agents of the Querétaro Prosecutor’s Office to inspect the area to collect evidence and begin the first investigations of this confrontation. There was no precise information at first on whether the deceased was the one who was being persecuted for murder in Guanajuato or his companion was. Two search warrants were obtained from the judicial authorities in the Villas de Juriquilla 2 and Villas de Santiago Sector 3 colonies in the municipality of Querétaro. “In the simultaneous police intervention, 5 firearms, useful cartridges, and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. In addition, cash and a BMW X2 truck, with alterations to its identification number”, states the Querétaro Prosecutor’s Office.
Will the Real Zermeno Please Stand Up?
Santiago Quiroz Zermeño, “Zermeño” or El Chago”
According to the document leaked by Guacamaya Leaks and obtained by the LatinUs outlet, Zermeño was at the time, the operator of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel in Apaseo el Grande, a plaza in dispute with the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.
Later, the state police and state Attorney General’s Office announced Zermeño was suspected of being one of the attackers. Zermeño was one of four men featured on a wanted poster that named the suspects, which can be seen below. Later, in 2018, was believed to have organized an attack at a palenque, or rooster fighting arena, in La Purísima del Rincón which left 9 people dead and 11 injured. Shortly after the attack, Zermeño was arrested.
At some point, Zermeño left (or betrayed, depending on your source) the CSRL and joined up with the CJNG. He is believed to be working under CJNG Guanajuato leaders such as Ricardo Luis Ruiz Velazco, alias “El RR”, and Nabor Cárdenas, alias “El Navo”. During his time with the CSRL, most news publications alleged his alias was “El Chago”. After his switch to the CJNG, he is most often referred to as simply “Zermeño”.
Following his switch, Zermeño is believed to have become the CJNG plaza boss for the municipality of San Francisco del Rincón. In April 2022, Zermeño was arrested for illegal firearm possession in San Francisco, but he may have been quietly released because narco messages speak about Zermeño as if he is a free man. The most recent report available from the Government of Mexico on Quiroz Zermeño is that of his arrest, carried out by agents of the Municipal Police of San Francisco del Rincón, in Guanajuato, on the night of April 11.
|Ricardo Mejía, Undersecretary of Federal Public Security, confirmed the death of Emmanuel, “El Zermeño”, one of the main generators of violence in Guanajuato.|
Announcement of Emmanuel, “El Zermeño” Being Killed
In a press conference during AMLO’s morning, Mejía pointed out that Zermeño ‘s death occurred after he resisted being arrested. “Elements of the prosecutors of Querétaro and Guanajuato were established in the Ciudad del Sol neighborhood, in Querétaro, however, when he was arrested, this subject resisted, tried to attack elements of the Prosecutor’s Office, and when repelling the aggression they caused injuries to him and another person, who caused the loss of life of Emmanuel “N”, informed Ricardo Mejía, undersecretary of the SSP. Mejía stressed that Zermeño was one of the main generators of violence in Guanajuato.
That day it was revealed that they had killed one whose identity corresponded to that of a hitman nicknamed Zermeño.
This caused confusion, as local media reported that the man was Santiago Quiroz Zermeño, alias “El Chago, a hitman and plaza boss allegedly linked to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) and then CJNG who had already been arrested before, however this morning the information was denied. Mejía Berdeja announced that Emmanuel, alias “Zermeño”, was a hitman for the Marro cartel who, after an apparent betrayal, left him to go to the criminal group of Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho”, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel. However, when comparing the photographs of Quiroz Zermeño and the deceased Emmanuel “N” it is possible to verify that they are different people.
|Social media showed a manta from CSRL stating that Zermeno’s death was a collaboration with the government.|
Response from CSRL
“My chingones, I hope everyone is 100%, as everyone already knows because Zermeño has already been and for those who are not 100% aware or believe that it was coincidence, it was invested everywhere and with the information that we brought from the men and the government’s participation, because it was armed ( sic. )”, were the first lines of the message that spread rapidly.
In addition, the text apparently written by the criminal leader revealed that the Queretaro authorities would have been paid to carry out the operation, although the exact agreement they reached was not specified.
It should be noted that the afternoon that El Zermeño was executed, some versions suggested that those who were traveling in the vehicles of the Prosecutor’s Office at the time of persecuting him were, in reality, members of the CSRL, which has remained a rumor.