Mexico Arrests Knights Templar Leader, Cementing Group’s Demise

6/22/2017 InSight Crime

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Authorities in Mexico have arrested one of the last main leaders of the Knights Templar crime group, likely leaving the organization’s already debilitated leadership in further disarray and raising questions about which organized crime groups may try to capitalize on their weakening.

Ignacio Rentería Andrade, alias “El Cenizo,” was arrested in the Parácuaro municipality of Mexico’s western state of Michoacán on June 21 after a confrontation between armed individuals and soldiers, Proceso reported.

Rentería Andrade is the alleged leader of the Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios), and reportedly had the largest territorial leadership of the group, Milenio reported.

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