"When I was painting that image, I wasn't thinking, 'Wow, this would look good on a drug cartel leaflet,"' Churms said. Both governments are offering up to MXN$30 million and US$10 million, respectively, for information that leads to his arrest. And that is what the Knights Templar cartel actually is: a typical Mexican drug cartel, engaging in criminal activities and violent attacks on the people and police of Michoacána. Government security spokesman Alejandro Poire did not respond to a reporter's question about whether the cartel had organized last Wednesday's demonstration, but said it had been known to do so in the past. Federal police said they seized copies of the cartel's "code of conduct" booklet during an arrest of cartel members in the western state of Michoacan last week, but refused to release its contents Tuesday, saying they didn't want fan the flames of the quasi-religious movement. Operation Michoacán was a joint operation by Federal Police and the Mexican military to eliminate drug plantations and to combat drug trafficking. As of September 2017, it is believed the cartel has ceased to exist after their leader Pablo "El 500" Toscano Padilla and his lieutenant Ezequiel "El Cheques" Castaneda were reported to have been killed by remnants of La Nueva Familia Michoacana while on their way to a regional meeting with members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to form an alliance with them. The Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Los Caballeros Templarios)[6][7] was a Mexican criminal organization originally composed of the remnants of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican State of Michoacán. Along with the booklet, which also preaches loyalty to family and country, police also have confiscated banners with messages from the gang, trucks emblazoned with Templar "shields," and even white robes with red crosses like the ones worn by the original Knights Templar order. But despite the constant media attention, at times it’s felt – at least for this reporter – that we are only hearing the half of what was really going on in the state. The timeline of some of the most relevant events in the Mexican drug war is set out below. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel was born from the splintering of the Milenio Cartel. More than 35,000 people have died in drug violence across Mexico since then, according to government figures, and some groups put the number at more than 40,000. A San Antonio man was arrested Jan. 30 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit money laundering after authorities raided four locations in San Antonio and seized dozens of high-end cars. On another, a man fought back. But the mayhem and killing has continued in Michoacan as Knights Templar gunmen battle both the Zetas cartel and remnants of La Familia seeking to control President Felipe Calderon's home state more than 4½ years after Calderon launched his crackdown on organized crime here in 2006. When citizen vigilante groups began to rise up and challenge them in 2013, they changed their tune, said a local businessman: “They sent a letter round politely informing businessmen that their ‘voluntary contributions’ were no longer required and invited everyone to a celebratory meal with them.”. [8][9], After the first alleged death of Francisco Montes and co-founder Nazario Moreno, leaders of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, on 9 December 2010,[9] a split between the cartel leaders emerged. Most other leaders of his Knights Templar cartel had also been arrested or killed, and an organisation which once held an iron grip on the state appeared to be an irrevocably weakened force. The person who gave the AP the professionally printed, pocket-size booklet said it was distributed earlier this month by two men in regular clothing aboard a bus traveling in rural Michoacan. Since 2009, he was listed as one of Mexico's 37 most-wanted drug lords, with a $30 million pesos bounty for information leading to his capture. He joined the Mexican Army in 1991 and deserted in 1999. Los Viagras is a Mexican criminal group based in Michoacán, Mexico. Prior to his tenure in the Knights Templar, he was a top leader of the split-off group La Familia Michoacana. Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, commonly referred to by his alias El Mencho, is a Mexican suspected drug lord and leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), a criminal group based in Jalisco. The Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Caballeros Templarios) is a Mexican criminal organization and an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Voorafgaand aan die datum, op 17 maart 2012, zou het Tempelierskartel naar verluidt 14 spandoeken hebben opgehangen op bruggen van de gemeenten León , San Miguel de Allende , Irapuato , Salamanca , Yuriria , Moroleón en Uriangato , gemeenten van Guanajuato , met de belofte om geen gewelddadige treedt op tijdens het bezoek van de paus . Rafael Cedeño Hernández is an imprisoned Mexican drug trafficker who was a high-level leader of La Familia Michoacana, a drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The power of the cartel might be broken, but in a country where authorities often have links to organised crime, she still feels that the federal forces can’t or won’t protect her if she speaks out. It mandates drug testing for members. He said that some went, and it wasn’t their first time. [13], The former Pope Benedict XVI had a visit scheduled on 23 March 2012 to the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He was the successor of Alberto Espinoza Barrón, a drug trafficker who was arrested on 31 December 2008 by the Mexican authorities. There is nothing she can do. Het 22 pagina's tellende boek is getiteld "The Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan" en bevat de regels en voorschriften van de bende. "They say they are defending the people against attacks. Magallon, a 28-year-old student at Northeast Lakeview Community College, is accused of laundering more than $200,000. [8] [9], After the first alleged death of Francisco Montes and co-founder Nazario Moreno, leaders of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, on 9 December 2010, [9] a split between the cartel leaders emerged. [19] The gang has based its rules on those of the European Knights Templar. Along with the Sinaloa Cartel and Gulf Cartel, the Knights Templar formed a short-lived joint enforcer gang called Cárteles Unidos (English: United Cartels) or La Resistencia, composed of well-trained gunmen dedicated to kill and expel Los Zetas Cartel operatives who were invading the former Familia Michoacana territories in Michoacán and Jalisco. He carried a "bible" of his own sayings and insisted that his army of traffickers and hitmen avoid using the narcotics they produce and sell. [19] The gang has based its rules on those of the European Knights Templar. Op 27 februari 2015 werd Servando "La Tuta" Gómez, leider van de Tempeliers, gearresteerd door de Mexicaanse federale politie. The book is decorated with knights on horseback with lances and crosses. It relocated to Jalisco in the early 2000s. Read her on our breaking news site, mySA.com and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com | sarah.chavey@express-news.net | @smchavey. Het boek is versierd met ridders te paard met lansen en kruisen. Federal agents raided two used car auto dealers as well as a rental home and a $460,000 home last week as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation. The booklet says cartel members "must fight against materialism," and respect women and children. It says the group "will begin a challenging ideological battle to defend the values of a society based on ethics.". RELATED: Russian connection cited in high-dollar San Antonio money laundering case, affidavit shows. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inbox. De voormalige paus Benedictus XVI had op 23 maart 2012 een bezoek aan de Mexicaanse staat Guanajuato . José Manuel Mireles Valverde is a Mexican medical doctor and former leader and founder of the paramilitary self-defense groups that fought against the Knights Templar Cartel, and other cartels, in the state of Michoacán and others, in México. He is the most-wanted criminal in Mexico and one of the most-wanted in the U.S. The Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Los Caballeros Templarios) [6] [7] is a Mexican criminal organization originally composed of the remnants La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican State of Michoacán. Arnoldo Rueda Medina is a former Mexican drug lord and high-ranking leader of La Familia Michoacana, a drug trafficking organization which is based in Michoacán, Mexico. [14], Previous to that date, on 17 March 2012, the Knights Templar Cartel allegedly put up 14 banners on bridges of the León, San Miguel de Allende, Irapuato, Salamanca, Yuriria, Moroleón and Uriangato, municipalities of Guanajuato, pledging to not provoke any violent acts during the pope's visit. Knights Templar leaders apparently regularly held banquets for local businessmen in their strongholds in the Michoacán hills. Calderon has said he took on the cartels to prevent organized crime from spreading to the roots of Mexican society. Authorities allege he, was part of the Knights Templar cartel of Mexico, Federal agents raided two used car auto dealers as well as a rental home and a $460,000 home.

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