All About La Familia Michoacana

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 18 OCT 2013

The gunmen caught up with the police chief of the small town of Puruandiro as he drove before dawn near the beautiful lake that dominates the area. Attacking with assault…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 25 SEP 2013

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf Cartel, the Tijuana…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 8 JUL 2013

A new report from a Mexico City analysis firm details the rivalries among local trafficking groups, thereby revealing some of the deeper causes of some spectacular recent acts of…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / MAY 5, 2020

Like the Familia Michoácana, the Knights Templar uses religious imagery to project themselves as more than a drug cartel.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 11 JUN 2013

Gangsters certainly crowd the ranks of the more than 26,000 people said to have disappeared amid Mexico's criminal wars. And at the front of the line stands Nazario Moreno, spiritual…

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…

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…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 6 NOV 2012

Nearly 90 percent of methamphetamine laboratories discovered in Mexico in the past decade have been located in the three western states of Jalisco, Sinaloa and Michoacan, according…

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…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 19 OCT 2012

A second vigilante force has announced its arrival in a rural region of Michoacan, south Mexico, pointing to the government's failure to provide security to the population in the remote…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 3 OCT 2012

A video has emerged that appears to show the mayor of a city in Guerrero state negotiating with members of the Familia Michoacana gang, illustrating the difficulties and…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 31 AUG 2012

A lengthy gunfight in central Mexico reportedly left 30 people dead last weekend, providing further -- albeit mixed -- evidence of a worsening security climate in the nation’s most…

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