You have to admit that a crime syndicate named the Knights Templar cartel has an awesome ring to it.
The Catholic origins of the name and all that it conjures of medieval soldiers who wrought the horror of the Crusades in their remorseless conquests displays a degree of historical perception and allegiance on the part of Mexican drug cartels that is striking.
In Mexico. cartels have transcended a level of cultural existence that even the United States DEA seems quite jocular when contrasted against.
A gratuitous dose of intelligence and cunning ruthlessness will destroy most in its path.
MEXICO CITY — Officials say 10 people have been found shot to death in a rural area in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
The state prosecutor’s office said the group of men and women were found slain Sunday afternoon by soldiers responding to reports of a shooting in San Pablo Oriente, a village near Guerrero’s border with Michoacan state.
The Knights Templar cartel, which controls much of Michoacan, has been fighting rivals along its borders with other states including Guerrero, where a variety of smaller cartels control drug-smuggling and other criminal activities.
Officials in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa said four municipal police offers and three civilians were found shot to death Monday morning in the southern town of El Rosario. Officials said the seven had been kidnapped on Sunday night.