Nov 7, 2011

Drug War: Mexico Declares the End Has Come for Familia Gang

A look not only at the decline of La Familia, but also of the rise of Los Caballeros Templarios, the Knights Templar, to replace it in the state of Michoacán and form links with other cartels. One or more hydra heads replace the one cut off.

InSight Crime: "The arrest of a commander of the Familia Michoacana is another blow to the sinking criminal group, just days after the Mexican government declared the gang had all but disappeared from its traditional home turf. As El Universal reports, Hector Russel Rodriguez Baez, alias "El Toro," was detained following a shootout with Federal Police in Chalco, Mexico State, this weekend. A spokesman with the Public Security Ministry (SSP) said that Rodriguez Baez was the highest ranking member of the Familia in Chalco, a Mexico City suburb of some 300,000 people.

... According to a recent report from Excelsior, officials with the SSP and the Mexican military view the Familia as a non-entity in Michoacan, with the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) taking their place as the foremost group in the region, and absorbing their production and trafficking operations." read more

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