Familia Michoacana Leader Reportedly Employed As Teacher

One of the top commanders of the Familia Michoacana is registered as a teacher in his home state and receives a federal salary.

El Universal broke the story Wednesday, reporting that the Department of Education has listed Servando Gómez Martínez, alias “La Tuta,” as a teacher in Michoacan. According to public records, he was paid 51,118 pesos (about US$4,110) during the first trimester of 2010. He supposedly works in a small school in Arteaga, which employs a staff of eleven people. 

The Secretary of Public Education, Alonso Lujambio Irazábal, told El Universal that it is the responsibility of the Michoacan education department to review irregularities. 

According to El Universal, Gómez Martínez is also known by another alias, “El Profe” or “the teacher.” He reportedly once taught primary school in Michoacan. Now he is one of the top lieutenants for the leaders of the Familia Michoacana, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias “El Chayo” or “El Mas Loco,” and Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias “El Chango.”