Former self-defense group members who now belong to a special rural police force patrol the streets of Tepalcatepec, Mexico, on May 18. A certain calm has returned to once-lawless Michoacan state. Murder rates have fallen, some gangsters fled to the hills and federal forces have captured or killed three of the top leaders of the feared Knights Templar drug cartel. State and federal leaders are trumpeting their success. But wander along the back roads of Michoacan state and it’s hard to find residents who think that the decade-long nightmare of criminal mayhem is over.
Former self-defense group members who now belong to a special rural police force patrol the streets of Tepalcatepec, Mexico, on May 18. A certain calm has returned to once-lawless Michoacan state. Murder rates have fallen, some gangsters fled to the hills and federal forces have captured or killed three of the top leaders of the feared Knights Templar drug cartel. State and federal leaders are trumpeting their success. But wander along the back roads of Michoacan state and it’s hard to find residents who think that the decade-long nightmare of criminal mayhem is over. MCT
Former self-defense group members who now belong to a special rural police force patrol the streets of Tepalcatepec, Mexico, on May 18. A certain calm has returned to once-lawless Michoacan state. Murder rates have fallen, some gangsters fled to the hills and federal forces have captured or killed three of the top leaders of the feared Knights Templar drug cartel. State and federal leaders are trumpeting their success. But wander along the back roads of Michoacan state and it’s hard to find residents who think that the decade-long nightmare of criminal mayhem is over. MCT

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May 29, 2014 3:33 PM

Mexico claims it’s beaten Michoacan gang, but new ones are forming

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