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Leader of Knights Templar cartel captured in Mexican state of Sinaloa

March 25, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Leader of Knights Templar cartel captured in Mexican state of Sinaloa

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Authorities in Mexico arrested the leader of the Knights Templar cartel during a security operation in the state of Sinaloa.

Law enforcement officials said an investigation by Mexico’s Federal Police, which included months of intelligence gathering led to the arrest of Federico “N” alias “El Lico” or “the Chief.”

He is the presumed leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel in the municipality of Aquila, located in the strife-ridden state of Michoacán.

In a statement, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said, “El Lico,” was arrested on charges including kidnapping and extortion in Michoacan.

Authorities say Federico “N” who is considered one of the top leaders of what remains of the Knights Templar and one of the main generator of violence in that state, linked to at least 35 homicides.

Ministerial sources for the state of Michoacán revealed the cartel leader had managed to successfully conceal his true identity for years by assuming a false identity. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying a falsified voter identification card in the name of Raúl Ochoa.

The cartel leader was nabbed in the Mexican state of Sinaloa

Federal Police also managed to secure a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana during the operation.

According to El Debate, “El Lico” is accused of seizing 20 properties on the Pacific coast, allegedly snatched from their original owners, and used to conduct of illicit drug trafficking operations, which would include securing shipments of narcotics from South America

Authorities said the subject will be transferred by the Federal Police to a maximum security prison in Sinaloa.

The arrest is the latest blow against the criminal group. In the past two years, Federal Police have detained more than 200 members of the Knights Templar Cartel, including the group’s top leader Servando Gómez, also known as “La Tuta, who was arrested in March 2015.

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