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Mexican mayor arrested in drug cartel bastion

The mayor of a western Mexican city once considered a drug cartel stronghold has been arrested on suspicion of forcing town councilors to pay off crime lords, authorities said. Uriel Chavez is accused of pressuring councilors to donate $1,500 of their salary to support the Knights Templar drug cartel in Apatzingan in the western state of Michoacan, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement. Chavez was arrested Tuesday on extortion charges.

Mexican mayor arrested in drug cartel stronghold

The mayor of a city seen as a drug cartel stronghold was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of pressuring town councilors to pay off drug lords, the state prosecutor's office said. Uriel Chavez is accused of pressuring town councilors to donate 1,500 dollars of their salary to support the Knights Templar carte in Apatzingan in the western state of Michoacan, the state prosecutor's statement said.

Mexican official detained over alleged gang ties

The number two official in Mexico's troubled western state of Michoacan was ordered held for up to 40 days on Saturday while authorities investigate alleged ties with organized crime. The attorney general's office said in a statement that it "found possible contacts" between Michoacan's secretary of the interior Jesus Reyna and "criminal organizations." A judge granted a request by prosecutors to place him under detention without charge for up to 40 days in order to "deepen the investigation," the statement said.

Mexican gov't to disarm militias

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 4 (EFE).- The Mexican government is preparing to disarm the self-defense groups who have been battling the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan since February 2013, officials said. Authorities will also remove the barricades the militias have erected in several communities, according to the federal commissioner for Security and Comprehensive Development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes.

Mexico retracts report of aircraft crash

Mexican authorities late Thursday retracted a report that an aircraft had crashed near a lagoon in the west of the country. They also backtracked on what they had depicted as a separate incident in which three marines were reported wounded in a gunfight with suspected members of the Knights Templar drug cartel in Arteaga in the restive state of Michoacan. In fact, what happened is that a low-flying marine helicopter in Arteaga opened fire on a vehicle, killing one civilian in a clash with suspected drug traffickers, the state public security agency said.

Aircraft crashes in western Mexico

An aircraft crashed near a lagoon in western Mexico on Thursday but authorities did not report its size, how it went down or whether there were any casualties. Separately, federal officials said three marines were wounded in a gunfight with suspected members of the Knights Templar drug cartel in the town of Arteaga in the restive state of Michoacan. The state public security agency said on Twitter that the aircraft went down near the Infiernillo lagoon. The lagoon is near Arteaga but the agency said the incidents were unrelated.

Mexican vigilante leader facing murder trial

Mexico City, Mar 20 (EFE).- A leader of self-defense groups who have been battling the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was ordered bound over for trial on charges of accessory to murder. State magistrate Juan Salvador Alonso Mejia also instructed police to transfer Hipolito Mora to the prison in Apatzingan, where several Templarios are being held. Mora is accused of involvement in the murders of Rafael Sanchez Moreno and his driver, Jose Luis Torres Castañeda.

Mexican vigilante leader facing murder trial

Mexico City, Mar 20 (EFE).- A leader of self-defense groups who have been battling the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was ordered bound over for trial on charges of accessory to murder. State magistrate Juan Salvador Alonso Mejia also instructed police to transfer Hipolito Mora to the prison in Apatzingan, where several Templarios are being held. Mora is accused of involvement in the murders of Rafael Sanchez Moreno and his driver, Jose Luis Torres Castañeda.

Mexican vigilante leader arraigned on murder charges

Mexico City, Mar 14 (EFE).- A founder of the self-defense groups who have been battling organized crime in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was arraigned on charges of being an accessory to murder, his lawyer said. Hipolito Mora was transferred from the state Attorney General's Office in Morelia to the medium-security prison in the municipality of Charo, Eduardo Quintero Madrigal told Efe. The state AG's office accuses Mora of involvement in the murders of Rafael Sanchez Moreno and his driver, Jose Luis Torres Castañeda.

Mexican vigilante leader arraigned on murder charges

Mexico City, Mar 14 (EFE).- A founder of the self-defense groups who have been battling organized crime in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was arraigned on charges of being an accessory to murder, his lawyer said. Hipolito Mora was transferred from the state Attorney General's Office in Morelia to the medium-security prison in the municipality of Charo, Eduardo Quintero Madrigal told Efe. The state AG's office accuses Mora of involvement in the murders of Rafael Sanchez Moreno and his driver, Jose Luis Torres Castañeda.
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