August 2, 2013
MEXICO CITY – Authorities in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato presented to the press a reputed local boss of the Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel who was arrested earlier this week.
The state Attorney General’s Office said the 22-year-old Agustin Martinez Hernandez, alias “El Kalimba,” is under investigation for his alleged role in at least a half-dozen homicides.
The arrest, which the AG’s office said was made possible by intelligence gathering, also led to the seizure of two handguns, as well as a SUV that had been reported stolen.
Two other suspects, Luis Gonzalo Andrade, 25; and Fabian Castan Cruz, 34, also were detained in the operation.
The Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) outfit, a breakaway faction of the La Familia Michoacana mob, was founded in March 2011 after the death three months earlier of La Familia kingpin Nazario Moreno Gonzalez in a clash with security forces.
Los Caballeros have come to dominate the illegal drug trade in the western state of Michoacan, pushing out their former allies and also allegedly becoming involved in kidnapping, extortion and murder-for-hire.