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Latino Daily News

Wednesday June 22, 2011

Police Confirm Capture of “El Chango” Leader of La Familia Michoacana

Police Confirm Capture of “El Chango” Leader of La Familia Michoacana

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Today authorities confirmed that elements of the Federal Police have captured Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, better known as “El Chango,” who had been named leader of the Michaocan drug cartel La Familia.

Thanks to intelligence, the arrest occurred in the state of Aguascalientes, and reportedly did not require any violence. Currently, El Chango (The Monkey) is in Mexico City where he will be processed.

For some days there have been several confrontations between the Knights Templar and the followers of La Familia Michoacan. Knights Templar’s leader Tuta had declared war on El Chango, but the war between the two cartel leaders is over now with his arrest. For several months, Tuta and El Chango staged an intense struggle for power, though the two were once partners and friends.

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