All About La Familia Michoacana

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 14 NOV 2011

After an election campaign marred by threats from drug cartels, kidnappings and an assassination, political parties have condemned organized criminal groups' meddling in elections in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 7 NOV 2011

The arrest of a commander of the Familia Michoacana is another blow to the sinking criminal group, just days after the Mexican government declared the gang had all…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 3 NOV 2011

Gunmen assassinated the mayor of a town in the state of Michoacan, west Mexico, as he campaigned on behalf of President Felipe Calderon's sister 11 days prior to local elections.

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 12 OCT 2011

Testimony from a captured leader of a Mexican drug gang contradicts the official story of the death of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias 'El Chayo,' fueling rumors that the Familia Michoacana…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 26 SEP 2011

Some in Washington are calling for a counterinsurgency strategy against Mexico's drug gangs -- this not only misrepresents the security situation in that country, but its proponents have provided no…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 15 SEP 2011

In recent years Mexico's criminal groups have diversified from drug trafficking into crimes like extortion, a business which necessarily involves the use of serious violence to build the requisite fear…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 29 AUG 2011

With the decline of Mexico's Familia Michoacana drug gang, it appears that the Sinaloa Cartel has stepped up as the largest distributor of methamphetamine to the U.S., illustrating…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 AUG 2011

Mexico's Federal Police have reported successes in their struggle against the emerging Caballeros Templarios drug gang, including the arrest of a key financial operative.

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 4 AUG 2011

Mexican police announced the arrest of the alleged leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, who is implicated in the kidnap and murder of 20 holiday-makers in 2010.

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 25 JUL 2011

Although the FBI claimed to have arrested nearly 2,000 suspected members of the Familia Michoacana, official praise for the crackdown ignores the criminal group's weakened standing in Mexico.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 JUL 2011

A series of government takedowns of leaders of the Familia Michoacana drug gang seemed to herald the end of the group. But recent events suggest that the organization, one branch…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 15 JUL 2011

A series of recorded phone conversations between alleged members of the Mexican drug gang Caballeros Templarios offers insight into the group’s attempts to manipulate the media and organize protests against…

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