"La Tuta," head of Knights Templar cartel, captured in Mexico
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"La Tuta," head of Knights Templar cartel, captured in Mexico

A Mexican federal official says federal police have captured Servando “La Tuta” Gómez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacán state.

The official says Gómez was captured early Friday in the capital city of Morelia without a shot fired. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Gómez was the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, a quasi-religious criminal group that once ruled all of the state, controlling politics and commerce. He evaded capture for more than a year after the federal government took over the state to try to restore order.

Associated Press