All About Knights Templar

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 23 JAN 2014

The children of a drug cartel leader in Mexico have reportedly become pop singers, and are openly sharing their extravagant lifestyle glamorizing drug trafficking culture on social media.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 21 JAN 2014

Authorities in Michoacan, Mexico have arrested an alleged top Knights Templar leader, as the government's pursuit of the group's leadership adds to mounting pressures on the cartel.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 17 JAN 2014

The violent state of Michoacan continues to be the largest stone in President Enrique Peña Nieto's shoe as he attempts to drag Mexico's image as a blood-filled crime cauldron towards…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 17 JAN 2014

Mexico's federal security forces say they have taken control of security in 20 municipalities in troubled Michoacan, but there is little evidence to suggest the self-defense militias are disarming or…

COSTA RICA / 4 DEC 2013

Officials in Costa Rica have said Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization is now operating in the country, highlighting the growing presence of transnational criminal groups and drug trafficking in one…

CHINA AND CRIME / 4 DEC 2013

Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization is exerting control over the mining process for iron that supplies the Chinese market, offering another example of how the group has extended its reach…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 NOV 2013

The leader of Mexico's Knights Templar has claimed the cartel was twice contacted by the sister of former president Felipe Calderon, who is currently a senator, raising questions of whether…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 13 NOV 2013

A total of 700 Mexico state police officers stationed in Michoacan will be fired or demoted after failing confidence tests, further illustrating the extent of corruption among public officials in…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 7 NOV 2013

Mexico's Knights Templar earns more than $73 million each year outside of its drug trafficking activities, revealing the diverse criminal portfolio of the group and the difficulties authorities face in…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 5 NOV 2013

The Mexican government has ordered federal troops to seize control of the Pacific coast port and Knights Templar stronghold Lazaro Cardenas, illustrating the difficulty authorities face fighting a criminal organization…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 5 NOV 2013

A series of violent confrontations and seemingly indiscriminate attacks on local infrastructure has provoked questions about the governability of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, and has some politicians…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 OCT 2013

A series of coordinated attacks on electrical plants and gas stations in Michoacan, Mexico has taken the state's conflict between drug cartels and vigilantes to the next level, and once…

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