All About La Familia Michoacana

JALISCO CARTEL / 16 MAR 2015

It would be easy to think that given all that has happened in Mexico's Michoacan state over the last few months, everything has changed. Knights Templar leader Servando Gomez, alias "La…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 27 FEB 2015

The capture of yet another high-level target -- this time Servando Gomez, alias "La Tuta," the leader of the Knights Templar -- should be cause for celebration in Mexico, but…

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 NOV 2014

Government information indicates that 12 mayors across Guerrero, Mexico may have criminal ties -- suggesting that a dynamic pushed into the public eye by the case of 43 missing student…

EXTORTION / 6 AUG 2014

The Familia Michoacana burned four Coca-Cola vehicles in the Pacific state of Guerrero after their bottling company refused to make extortion payments, according to reports, underscoring the power of criminal…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 7 JUL 2014

Rising homicides, a high-level capture and a bloody military battle point to growing insecurity in Mexico State, which borders the capital, months after the federal government announced a plan to…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 22 MAY 2014

Recent arrests of alleged kidnappers in Guerrero and arms traffickers in the State of Mexico both lead back to the Familia Michoacana, suggesting the once powerful cartel may still be…

EXTORTION / 8 APR 2014

The Knights Templar and La Familia Michoacana took nearly 13 percent of profits from Mexico's national avocado production over the course of five years, demonstrating the type of criminal incursion…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 25 MAR 2014

Drug cartels in Mexico are working with California street gangs to sell drugs and settle scores, according to a new report that highlights an increasing trend of cooperation among violent…

EL CHAYO / 10 MAR 2014

Marines have killed the founder of the Familia Michoacana and leader of the Knights Templar, a mythical figure in the Mexico underworld, who disappeared in 2010 and was…

JALISCO CARTEL / 6 MAR 2014

Officials in Mexico say four cartels are battling for the state of Mexico, spurring violence on the outskirts of the national capital as they seek control of lucrative drug markets…

ECUADOR / 20 FEB 2014

Authorities in Ecuador say two large cocaine seizures off the country's coast belonged to Mexico's Familia Michoacana. However, the fact they are basing this assertion on generic packaging logos, coupled…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 19 DEC 2013

Federal authorities in Mexico said the case of 12 youths snatched from a bar in the capital and murdered was tied to a dispute between two of the country's major…

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