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COLOMBIA / 3 JUN 2013

Colombia's Urabeños, Mexico's Knights Templar and Honduras' Cachiros have been added to the US Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers list, meaning US citizens are now banned from doing business with them.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 21 MAY 2013

A Mexican vigilante group reportedly forced eight teenagers to sweep a town plaza in punishment for working for criminal organization the Knights Templar, some indication of how the volunteer security…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 14 MAY 2013

Recent reports of fierce fighting between community police groups and a Mexican gang offer a window into the potential threat of vigilante groups to organized crime.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 APR 2013

The leader of Mexico's Caballeros Templarios drug gang has released a video blaming the government, rival cartels and citizen self-defense groups for violence in Michoacan state, after a battle…

INFOGRAPHICS / 3 APR 2013

In recent years, the United States Border Patrol has seen methamphetamine seizures increase and cocaine seizures decrease as Mexican cartels flood the US market with cheap, powerful versions of the…

JALISCO CARTEL / 13 MAR 2013

Following the arrest of over a dozen members of a self-defense group in Michoacan, Mexico, group members temporarily took more than 40 soldiers hostage, as tensions continue to rise over…

GUERREROS UNIDOS / 22 JAN 2013

Mexico's gangland violence is licking once again at the crowded and chaotic edges of the nation's capital, claiming more than two score lives since January 14 and illustrating again how…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 DEC 2012

A series of banners signed in the name of the Knights Templar gang were hung in west Mexico, welcoming President Enrique Peña Nieto to office and declaring that…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 NOV 2012

A series of banners  reportedly left by the Knights Templar gang in three Mexican states wish outgoing president Felipe Calderon well for the future, continuing the group's penchant…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 14 NOV 2012

Mexican authorities have dismantled a communications network used by the Knights Templar drug gang in the Pacific state of Michoacan.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 5 NOV 2012

The Knights Templar appear to have evolved from a mere spliter group of the Familia Michoacana to assuming control of the latter's powerhouse in Michoacan, paying…

GULF CARTEL / 25 SEP 2012

Narco-banners have appeared across Mexico with messages implying that a top leader of the Zetas has rejoined the ranks of the Gulf Cartel, calling attention to…

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