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Mexico Government Commissions Former Vigilante Group Fighting Drug Cartel In Michoacan

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Flag of MexicoThe government of Mexico demobilized a vigilante group fighting the drug cartel Knights Templar in the State of Michoacan.  The group, consisting of manly ranchers and farmers, was successful in largely expelling the cartel while the government was not able.

At a ceremony in the city of Tepalcatepec, where the group began in February of 2013, uniformed members of the now official Self-Defense Council of Michoacan (CAM) were assigned arms and uniforms.  120 officers were sworn in as a rural police force.

The group’s spokesman, Estanislao Beltran proclaimed. “Now we are part of the government.  Now we can defend ourselves with weapons in a legal way.”

Mexican Army Forces in MichoacanThere are hopes in the government the creation of this new police force will end the lawlessness in the state and the vigilantism of the civilian population.  The federal commissioner for Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo said that action would be taken now against “false self-defense groups” but said of the CAM “[You] will have the responsibility of defending your neighbors from delinquency and organized crime.”

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Parrot Rats Out Owner At DUI Checkpoint

Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Sang Like A Canary
Sang Like A Canary

The DUI offender Code of Silence was violated in Mexico after police allegedly contacted a driver at a checkpoint, suspecting him of drunk driving. As Guillermo Reyes stepped out of the car, his parrot called out “Está borracho, Está borracho!” Spanish for “He’s drunk, He’s drunk !” Police at first believed the parrot’s voice to be that of a passenger.

Reportedly the parrot was correct as Guillermo was later arrested for DUI.
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