Mexico captures notrious Knights Templar drug baron

By Post Nigeria February 27, 2015 21:44

Mexico captures notrious Knights Templar drug baron

Mexico has disclosed the capture of the most-wanted drug lord in the country, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, the notorious head of the Knights Templar cartel.

The Police made this disclosure on Friday to confirm continued efforts by the Mexican Government to deliver the nation from gang related violence.

The 49-year-old former teacher was the prime target of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan, a western state racked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and heavily armed vigilantes trying to oust them.

After months of intelligence work, Federal Police said Gomez was captured with some people with him at a house in the Michoacan state capital of Morelia, with no shots fired.

“He will be brought to Mexico City in the coming hours to make a declaration,” a Police Spokesman said.

A father of at least seven, Gomez is wanted by the United States for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine. The Justice Department said he was also involved in the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Mexican authorities had placed a bounty of 30m pesos, $2 million, on his head.

Gomez was fond of railing against the Government in interviews and Youtube videos unlike other drug lords who preferred to keep low profiles.

Since the Mexican Government began a Military crackdown in 2007 on drug cartels, more than 100,000 people have been killed in gang-related violence.