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Drug cartel leader murdered in Mexico

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Mexican police have found the body of Aquiles Gomez, who was thought to be one of the main leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel.

The body was found with a bullet wound in a house in central Michoacan state.

Aguilles was believed to be the brother of Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, head of the Knights Templars and one the country’s most-wanted drug suspects.

Several of the cartel’s top commanders have been killed recently, but La Tuta remains at large.

The Knights Templar controls much of the methamphetamine and marijuana trade in western Mexico.

Police found his body on Friday at his home in Lazaro Cardenas, a port city on the Pacific coast and a drug-trafficking hotspot.

In January, vigilante groups began a series of operations against the group in Michoacan state. The vigilantes took control of several towns before federal forces were deployed to the area.

The government of President Enrique Pena Nieto has achieved significant victories in the fight against the drug cartels this year.

Three of the Knights Templar top leaders – Enrique Plancarte, known as Kike; Dionicio Loya Plancarte, known as El Tio (The Uncle); and Nazario Moreno, known as The Craziest One – were killed during or arrested during earlier this year.

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