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How La Tuta's Video Showmanship Set Him Apart in Mexico

How La Tuta's Video Showmanship Set Him Apart in Mexico

Knights Templar leader Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, who was arrested by Mexican authorities today, was renowned for his extensive and bombastic reliance on video recordings, behavior that differentiated him from other cartel leaders and earned him a reputation as an unabashed showman. Read More

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The Knights Templar (Cabelleros Templarios) is a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana, which emerged in March 2011. Like their predecessors in the Familia, the Knights Templar cast themselves as a "self-defense" movement engaged in a struggle with Mexico's larger criminal cartels on behalf of the Michaocan population, and frequently employ religious imagery in their public communiques.

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  • How La Tuta's Video Showmanship Set Him Apart in Mexico

    Knights Templar leader Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, who was arrested by Mexican authorities today, was renowned for his extensive and bombastic reliance on video recordings, behavior that differentiated him from other cartel leaders and earned him a reputation as an unabashed showman.

  • Mexico Captures 'La Tuta' but Michoacan Struggles On

    The capture of yet another high-level target -- this time Servando Gomez, alias "La Tuta," the leader of the Knights Templar -- should be cause for celebration in Mexico, but the statistics indicate that the government may need to reassess what success means in embattled states like Michoacan.

  • Mexico Colludes with Alleged Criminals to Hunt Knights Templar

    Nicolas Sierra, leader of the Viagras in Michoacan, Mexico

    The prosecutor general of Michoacan state in west Mexico has admitted carrying out operations with alleged drug traffickers in the hunt for Knights Templar criminal boss "La Tuta," yet again raising the specter of state collusion with organized crime.

  • Mexico Mayors' Narco Ties Go Far Beyond Iguala

    The Iguala ex-mayor and his wife, both accused of narco ties

    Government information indicates that 12 mayors across Guerrero, Mexico may have criminal ties -- suggesting that a dynamic pushed into the public eye by the case of 43 missing student protesters in Iguala is worrisomely widespread in this state and likely others.

  • Mexico's Knights Templar Leader Vows to Never Surrender

    Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" enjoys the media spotlight

    The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding his forces may actually be the better option for the besieged gang.

  • How the Jalisco Cartel Evolved with Mexico's Drug War

    A narco-message signed by the Jalisco Cartel

    In the competitive and ever-changing environment of Mexico's drug trade, groups like the CJNG and the Knights Templar have kept their position by adopting a regional strategy, rather than expanding across the country. The fact that the CJNG is still growing highlights its adaptability, and willingness to adopt a vigilante discourse when necessary.

  • After Vigilante War, Drug Trafficking Returns to Michoacan, Mexico

    In late September, members of Mexico's Gendarmerie, the new federal police squad, made a quiet but significant discovery among the lime farms of the Tierra Caliente region in Michoacan state. Hidden among a clump of trees in the municipality of Buenavista were plastic barrels emitting the bittersweet smell of crystal meth, known by residents of this valley as "ice" or "hielo."

  • Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

    Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group should employ, demonstrating the sometimes nefarious connection between journalists and the criminal subjects they cover. 

  • Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

    Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the central government in this state and in neighboring Michoacan.

  • Video Shows Mexico Vigilante Leader's Cartel Ties

    Video footage has emerged of a vigilante leader in Michoacan, Mexico, meeting with the head of the Knights Templar just months before he joined a government-organized "Rural Defense Force," giving weight to fears over the criminalization of self-defense militias.