Spillover from Jalisco's violent next door neighbor
Three heavily armed members of the Michoacán based Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel were arrested in metropolitan Guadalajara Saturday night, the Jalisco state prosecutor reported today.
The Templarios are under hot pursuit in Michoacán, where federal police and troops flooded the state two weeks ago in an effort to restore law and order in communities plagued by open combat between the cartel and civilian militias determined to eliminate them. Security throughout the state remains very uncertain.
Police did not say how the three men were identified. But a search of a safe house they were occupying uncovered 28 assault weapons, rocket propelled grenades and launchers, cocaine, methamphetamine, precursor chemicals, laboratory equipment and marijuana. All the drugs were destined for the U.S. market, specifically Houston and Chicago, via the border town of Piedras Negras, according to statements the men gave to authorities. The case has been turned over to Mexico's Organized Crime Strike Force for further investigation and prosecution.
July 18 - Matazeta boss arrested in 2008 case of 12 men decapitated in Mérida, Yucatán
May 14 - Drug cartels behind three recent Guadalajara attacks
Apr. 23 - Guadalajara's mayor: "I'm worried about security"
Jan. 13 - Mexican drug cartels operate in 1,286 U.S. cities
Oct. 23 - Crime gangs which are replacing drug cartels will be difficult to track and fight
Jun. 22 - Mexican drug cartels will likely morph into "super gangs," says U.S. security firm
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