All About Knights Templar

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 22 SEP 2014

Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 AUG 2014

Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 26 AUG 2014

Video footage has emerged of a vigilante leader in Michoacan, Mexico, meeting with the head of the Knights Templar just months before he joined a government-organized "Rural Defense Force," giving…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 AUG 2014

Homicide and extortion levels have risen significantly this year in Michoacan, southwest Mexico, indicating that vigilante groups have not proven successful at reducing violence, and may be contributing to the…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 AUG 2014

A mayor in Mexico's southwestern Michoacan state has been accused of murder, extortion and working with the Knights Templar, in a case highlighting the criminal group's infiltration into the murky…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 AUG 2014

The latest video installment from Mexico's Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" shows the drug lord dividing up the inheritance of a deceased local businessman, illustrating how the criminal group has…

ELITES AND CRIME / 5 AUG 2014

A video of a tearful mayor from Michoacan, Mexico pleading for the help of the Knights Templar offers yet another example of both the extent of the criminal group's reach…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 30 JUL 2014

A senior security official in Mexico has claimed that the leader of the Knights Templar criminal organization is "practically neutralized," but "La Tuta's" latest YouTube rant suggests the notorious cartel…

ELITES AND CRIME / 19 JUN 2014

The governor of Mexico's southwestern state of Michoacan has resigned, marking the end to a term during which both state and local officials have been accused of colluding with and…

ELITES AND CRIME / 8 MAY 2014

The former interim governor of Mexico's southwest Pacific state of Michoacan has been sent to federal prison for alleged Knights Templar ties, in a case highlighting the far reaching corrupt…

JALISCO CARTEL / 6 MAY 2014

Reports that a new cartel made up of disparate criminal elements and vigilantes is intent on dominating Michoacan appear to validate fears of Mexico's self-defense forces criminalizing, as well as…

ILLEGAL MINING / 2 MAY 2014

Authorities in Mexico have intercepted a ship carrying almost 76,000 tons of iron ore likely linked to the Knights Templar, a load that is dwarfed by the scale of the…

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