ADVIERTEN ALIANZA DE LA FAMILIA CON ZETAS
REFORMA Morelia, México
“WE ASK FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MICHOACAN SOCIETY
We express our gratitude to all of Michoacan society for granting us the opportunity to intervene with the problems you have had with the criminal organization of Chango Mendez, and we also ask that you pay attention to our suggestions and recommendations that any person who is discovered and proven to be providing support or communicating with the people of Chango Mendez will suffer punitive measures up to the death penalty based on the infraction. For us Chango Mendez and all the group that follows him are traitors to the fatherland based on their decision to unite with Los Zetas.
And we all know that every traitor to the fatherland deserves the death penalty
attn: the Knights Templar GUARDIANS OF MICHOACAN”
Narcobanners that were hung this past Friday morning in public areas and over roadways in Morelia, the state capitol of Michoacan, and the municipalities of Apatzingan, Patzcuaro and Erongaricuaro and several others within the state warn of an alledged alliance between La Familia and Los Zetas.
Some of the banners included a picture of José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, el Chango Mendez, the current leader of La Familia.
The banners, which included death threats to anyone supporting La Familia, were signed by Los Caballeros Templarios, or the Knights Templar, the self appointed guardians of the state.
After the death of La Familia’s leader, Nazario Moreno “el Chayo” or “el Mas Loco” during a Federal Police operation in the Apatzingan region last December, leaders of La Familia loyal to El Chayo and Servando Gomez Martinez “la Tuta” split from La Familia and formed Los Caballeros Templarios.
Rumors persist in Michoacan that el Chayo did not die at the hands of the Federal forces and, in fact, is leading the effort to cleanse Michoacan of el Chango Mendez’s followers.
According to the Mexican Government Zetas were invloved in the battles between Los Caballeros and La Familia in late May in the rural areas surrounding Apatzingan and neighboring municialpities. Ten Zetas and 36 members of La Familia were detained and presented by the Federal Police during the fighting.