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Vigilantes enter ‘crown jewel’ of Mexican drug cartel’s key bastion in Apatzingan

Vigilante militias that have fought a drug cartel in western Mexico for a year entered a key gang bastion on Saturday, manning checkpoints and helping federal forces find criminals. The civilian self-defense forces had their eye on Apatzingan for months……

Mexican security forces seize cartel stronghold in Michoacan

Mexican federal security forces took control Tuesday of a city considered a drug cartel stronghold after heavily armed vigilantes threatened to seize the town. More than 200 soldiers and federal police swept into Apatzingan and disarmed the municipal police as part of a new effort to pacify the troubled western…