In a study issued December 13, 2010 by the Strategic Studies Institute, George W. Grayson traces the origins of the Familia Michoacana, a drug-trafficking organization in Mexico known for its strange, cult-like ideology.
From the executive summary:
“This monograph examines the profound changes sweeping Michoacán in recent years that have facilitated the rise and power of drug traffickers; the origins and evolution of La Familia, its leadership and organization, its ideology and recruitment practices, its impressive resources, its brutal conflict with Los Zetas, its skill in establishing dual sovereignty in various municipalities, if not the entire state; and its long-term goals and their significance for the United States. The conclusion addresses steps that could be taken to curb this extraordinarily wealthy and dangerous criminal organization.”
A pdf of the report can be downloaded here.