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Arrested Kingpin Reveals Zeta-Familia Alliance

EL CHANGO / 23 JUN 2011

The arrested leader of Mexican drug gang the Familia Michoacana revealed that he had recently sought an alliance with the Zetas to support his group in its…

EL CHANGO / 22 JUN 2011

Mexico arrested Familia head Jose de Jesus Mendez, alias 'El Chango,' in another blow to the already reeling criminal group, chalking up a result…

EL CHANGO / 30 MAY 2011

With Mexican security forces' arrest of 36 alleged members of the Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization, and the deaths of another 15, the rift between two leaders of…

EL CHANGO / 25 JAN 2011

The Familia Michoacana announced Monday that they were disbanding. Dozens of fliers and banners appeared in the towns Patzcuaro, Quiroga, Santa Clara del Cobre and Apatzingan. …

EL CHANGO / 2017-03-10

Jose Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias "El Chango," was the right hand man of the leader of the Familia Michoacana.

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