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Santa Rosa de Lima is a small town and want to what the state and like a lot of other towns in Mexico drug cartels here call the shots now the Mexican government is cracking down in the first major test for president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador some battle against organized crime just this week hundreds of police and armed forces arrived in Santa Rosa to restore order and roundup gang members bought it has not been an easy task cartels have for yours replace the status benefactors providing jobs and handouts in return for residents loyalty and the party see the Santa Rosa de Lima gang bead residence to obstruct marines and federal police this week with blockades and burning vehicles end by informing on their movements the only little Lopez Obrador's main mission here is capturing gang leader Jose Antonio yep is known as a model or the mallet and blamed for stealing vast quantities of fuel from the nearby Salamanca refinery security has also sharply deteriorated and what about the state were over twenty six hundred murders were reported last year ten times higher than a decade ago as a result Lopez Obrador has made fighting fuel theft top priority since taking office on December first turning off the oil pipelines and risking a public backlash as lines began to form outside gas stations bought his rising popularity in opinion polls suggest Mexicans back the efforts so far by Wednesday the clashes in Santa Rosa had died down and Lopez Obrador said residents had begun to reject the local gangs pay offs which reportedly included payments of a thousand pesos are fifty to U. S. dollars