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In an interview Nicolás Sierra, leader of the armed group "Los Viagras", said that Michoácan attorney general's office is now collecting all the money that the Knights Templar used to charge.
The most wanted list includes 13 members of Los Rojos, Los Granados, La Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos, La Barredora, Independent Cartel of Acapulco and the Knights Templar drug cartels.
The visit to Morelia is a tangible sign of Francis' respect for the city's archbishop, Alberto Suárez Inda, whom Francis made a cardinal last year.
More than 12,000 small Mexican producers, most of them with less than five hectares, produce eight out of every 10 avocados eaten in the United States.
Between 2006 and August 2015, 1,323 drug laboratories were seized in Mexico.
In a report, the Drug Enforcement Administration identified the following cartels that operate cells within the U.S.: the Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Juárez Cartel, Knights Templar, Beltrán-Leyva Organization, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Los Zetas, and Las Moicas.
In September 2014 Alfredo Castillo announced the seizure of seven mining companies and more than one million tons of ore illegally exploited. A citizen requested to know that information, but the Interior Ministry said that the data were nonexistent.
Authorities seized two properties belonging to the Knights Templar cartel in the communities of Los Laureles and El Paso de Cucha.
Until the end of April 93 of the 122 most dangerous criminals had been arrested or killed.
After helping bring down the Knights Templar cartel, twice landing in jail and losing his own son to violence, the 59-year-old man now is leading a different sort of campaign by running for Congress in Mexico's midterm elections on Sunday.