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Knights Templar cartel leader captured

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

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Knights Templar cartel leader captured

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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Mexican vigilantes search caves for cartel leader

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Mexico City • Vigilantes are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive boss of the Knights Templar drug cartel, a “self-defense” group leader in western Mexico said Thursday. Vigilante leader Estanislao Beltran said there are signs the cartel had used the caves near the town of Arteaga in Michoacan state. “I think they used it as a hideout,” said Beltran, who had descended about 100 meters (yards) into the caves. “We found evidence.” Three days ago, vi ...
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Homicide up 55% in Drug-Plagued Mexican State of Michoacán

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.Prosecutors in Michoacan state said late Tuesday that they arrested Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, after three city council members claimed he forced them to gather in a rural area, where cartel gunmen demanded each hand over 20,000 pesos (about $1,500). The gunme ...
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MEXICO CITY - One of the top ruling party officials in the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan has been held for 40 days while he is investigated for possible links to criminal organizations, the attorney general's office said on Saturday.Jesus Reyna Garcia, a member of President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), became the interim governor of Michoacan last year stepping in after Governor Fausto Vallejo fell ill.The western sta ...
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Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.

 

 

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