A Look At Corruption in Michoacán Mexico

Posted on August 5, 2014 • Filed under: Corruption, Crime, Drug Activity, Mexico, Organized Crime

publimetro.com.mx reported Michoacán is one of Mexico’s poorest States , despite being an agricultural power (produces 85% of the avocados of the country, which in turn is the world’s largest producer of the fruit) and its tourist profile, affected by the image of violence and corruption that drag.

That territory acquired international notoriety in the middle of the last decade by the bloodthirsty nature of local criminal groups (such as “la Familia Michoacana”), authors of several mass beheadings of members of opposing gangs.

In the year 2009 were detained twenty mayors in a single military operation for his alleged links with drug trafficking.

The band “the Knights Templar”, who was born as a spin-off of “lto Familia Michoacana” in December 2010, is accused of trafficking drugs, kidnappings, disappearances, killings, sexual abuse, extortion, threats and illegal export of minerals.

Inhabitants of several municipalities in the State rose up in arms in early 2013, forming self-defence groups to deal with the “Templars” in view of the inability or inaction from the Government before this criminal group.

The advancement of these armed groups, whose germ emerged in the michoacana of Cherán in 2011 town, and the persistent violence of organized crime motivated the Government to launch a massive military and police operation last January and appoint a special Commissioner for the security and development of the State. Read Article

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