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Knights Templar cartel leader captured

Jan 29 2014, 3:48am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Knights Templar cartel leader captured
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Top carter leader Dionisio Loya Plancarte was caught in the city of Michoacan, Mexico on Monday.

A top cartel leader in Mexico was captured by police on Monday. Dionisio Loya Plancarte, also known as "El Tio" or "The Uncle," was arrested in the capital city of Michoacan.

The 58-year old drug lord was reportedly caught hiding in a closet.

He has a 30-million peso ($2.25 million) bounty on his head from the Mexican government. Plancarte is a founding member of the ruthless Knights Templar cartel that ruled parts of Michoacan. He is the uncle of Enrique Plancarte Solís, another wanted drug trafficker and top leader of the Knights Templar cartel.

Additionally, the Mexican government, under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, acknowledged vigilantism among "self-defense" groups.

Due to the uncontrollable violence, ordinary Mexicans are beginning to arm themselves with guns to fight back. Mexico's vigilante groups are estimated to be around 20,000, albeit divided.

The government reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to integrate their armed groups to a quasi-military unit called the Rural Defense Corps.

"The self-defense forces will become institutionalized, when they are integrated into the Rural Defense Corps," the government said. Groups will have to submit a list of their members to Mexico's Defense Department. Members will be allowed to keep their weapons given that they register them with the army. 

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