Mexico mayor detained over alleged links to Knights Templar cartel
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Mexico mayor detained over alleged links to Knights Templar cartel

Mexican authorities have detained a mayor in the western state of Michoacan for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel.

Michoacan state prosecutors say in a statement Thursday that Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana told the friend to meet her for breakfast at a Chinese restaurant, where a gunman shot him to death last year. They say the gunman was a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in Michoacan.

Officials say Santana demanded 20 percent of her employees’ salaries and also extorted street vendors and gave the money to Servando Gomez, the alleged leader of the Knights Templar cartel.

Associated Press