March 18, 2014
Relative of top cartel leader nabbed in Mexico, held on charges of kidnapping, killing kids to steal their organs. Manuel Plancarte Gaspar is nephew of Knights Templar kingpin.
Atrocities committed by Mexican narcotics syndicates have reached a new low with the announcement that a henchman for the vicious Knights Templar has been arrested on suspicion of killing children by removing their internal organs.
Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, 34, was captured last week in a stolen car that was also carrying crystal meth, one of the cartel’s top sellers in the international drug trade. He was captured in the western state of Michoacan, where the Knights Templar rule and terrorize the citizenry.
In an unusual series of Twitter posts, Michoacan’s Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra announced the arrest of Gaspar “who belongs to a criminal group and is being investigated for the death of children, who drew their organs for sale.”
Fue detenido por las fuerzas estatales Manuel Plancarte Gaspar (34 años), en posesión de un vehículo robado (1/3)
The Knights Templar runs a network whose members identify people with certain physical characteristics, many of them children, and then kidnap them, Castellanos Becerra said at a news conference this week.
After being abducted, the victims were driven to rented houses, where their organs were removed to be sold on the black market.
An investigation into the organ-selling ring continues.
The Knights Templar is a quasi-religious crime syndicate prone to beheadings and other means of terrorizing citizens while controlling and exploiting a state rich in minerals and agriculture. For the last year, armed citizens groups have fought back, opening fire on cartel members and taking control of towns across Michoacan.
Gaspar’s uncle is Enrique Plancarte Solis, aka El Kike, who is reputed to the No. 2 man in the cartel’s hierarchy.
Vigilante leader Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles said residents knew about the organ-stealing ring because they had liberated a van carrying kidnapped children in the town of Tepalcatepec.
Villagers and militia members had rescued several children from a refrigerated container that was inside the vehicle, Mireles said. The driver had been headed for Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s biggest Pacific Ocean port, but took a wrong turn, he said.
“They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped blankets,” the doctor said. All were from a Mexico City school and were on school trip to the beach when they were kidnapped, he said.
The children have been reunited with their parents.
With News Wire Services