Mexican Federal Police had caught Knights Templar Drug Cartel Leader Servando Gomez on Friday. According to CNN En Espanol’s interview, Gomez was detained on Friday in the Michoacan capital of Morelia about 135 miles west of Mexico City.
Police said that their operations, which involved following one of his messengers tht provides him food and clothing, had allowed the police to locate his hideout. The police moved in after he stepped outside the house, hidden under a scarf and hat to conceal his identity.
The police had also seized nearby properties months ago before they finally reached the stronghold of Gomez.
His brother Flavio Gomez was also arrested.
The Knights Templar drug cartel is involved in drug trafficking, killings and extortions in central-western Mexico. For years it had operated. It was also challenged by rival cartels and vigilantes who found the Mexican Government not doing enough to protect the citizens from the dangerous and influential cartels.
The Mexican government sent in soldiers in Michoacan and other areas to disable and weaken the immense operations of the Knights Templar. Mexican officials deemed this to have been effective, leading up to the events that put Servando Gomez in custody.
The Knights Templar Cartel was born after the death of La Familia Michoacana Cartel leader Nazario Moreno. Due to the disagreements and splits between the cartel leaders, a large part of the members have created the Knights Templar, which took over the La Familia Michoacana operations.