The Mexican army captured a man they say is a key deputy of the Caballeros Templarios drug gang in the western state of Michoacan.
The Mexican government offered an reward of $1.1 million for information leading to the capture of Saul Solis Solis, alias “El Lince,” who was arrested in a peaceful operation on Monday.
Army officials allege that Solis is a top lieutenant for the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar), a drug trafficking organization that was formed from the remnants of the Familia Michoacana. His cousin, Enrique Plancarte Solis, leads the group alongside Servando Gomez Martinez, alias “La Tuta.”
Solis is suspected of involvement in several attacks against the military and federal police, including a May 2007 bombing that killed five members of the army in Paracuaro, Michoacan. He is believed to direct narcotics production and trafficking for the Caballeros Templarios, while carrying out assassinations, kidnappings and extortion operations in the state.