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Mexican musicians trade violins for guns to battle Knights Templar cartel

ariachi musician Efrain has traded his violin for a rifle. He wants to fight a drug cartel that killed two of his nephews. His plight is like that of many in the Mexican state of Michoacan, where vigilante groups were formed last year to take on the cartel called the…

Mexico investigating alleged reappearance by drug lord thought to be dead

Three years after Mexican drug lord Nazario Moreno was declared dead, doubts abound about his demise, with stories of him indoctrinating recruits every Sunday and hosting a feast last year. Even though his body was never recovered, the government announced on December 10, 2010, that “El Chayo” was killed after…

‘Knights Templar’ among those singled out by U.S. government for suspected drug trafficking

The United States designated six individuals and groups, including a prominent steroids dealer, for sanctions Friday, freezing their US assets and barring trade with Americans. The Knights Templar of Mexico, Colombia’s Los Urabenos and Los Cachiros of Honduras were singled out for sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act,…

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