Filed Under:  Assault Rifles, Cartel, Cartels, Los Caballeros Templarios, Michoacan, Southern Border States

Mexico Deploys 400 Additional Officers to Michoacan

August 18th 2012   ·   7 Comments

An additional 400 Federal Police officers have been deployed in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, bringing to 600 the number of officers sent to the area to fight drug traffickers, airport officials said.

The officers arrived at Francisco J. Mugica International Airport in the city of Alvaro Obregon at 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday aboard two Boeing 727s belonging to the federal law enforcement agency, airport officials told Efe.

The officers were taken to different locations in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, in buses escorted by armored vehicles.

The Federal Police plans to send more officers to the western state, with the total number possibly exceeding 1,000, Michoacan Government Secretary Jesus Reyna Garcia said.

Federal Police officers engaged cartel gunmen last Friday in at least 10 shootouts in Apatzingan, a city located in Michoacan’s Tierra Caliente region and some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) from Morelia.

Apatzingan is considered the main stronghold of the Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel.

Federal Police officers, with support from Black Hawk helicopters, battled cartel gunmen armed with fragmentation grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, AR-15 assault rifles and .50-caliber Barrett rifles capable of penetrating armor.

The shootouts, which spread to the neighboring cities of Buenavista, Paracuaro and Mugica, left at least eight gunmen and 11 Federal Police officers dead, a spokesman for the 43rd Military Zone said.

The Federal Police’s mission is to arrest Caballeros Templarios leaders Dionisio Loya Plancarte, Enrique Plancarte Solis and Servando Gomez Martinez.

The three suspects are believed to be hiding in the mountains around Apatzingan.

The cartel responded by burning 40 vehicles on the Siglo XXI highway, which connects Morelia to the Pacific coast, and the Occidente highway, which links Mexico City to Michoacan and Jalisco state.

Los Caballeros Templarios was founded in March 2011 by former members of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel and now controls drug trafficking in Michoacan.

The cartel controls the traffic in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs in the western state.

Michoacan has 270 kilometers (168 miles) of Pacific coastline, making it an ideal location for drug traffickers smuggling narcotics from South America into the United States.

A version of this column originally appeared in

Incoming search terms:

  • mexican federal police

Related Posts:

Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Readers Comments (7)

  1. Jay Rich says:

    Mexico finally decides to take some action. Hope it’s not too little, too late.

  2. Allen Tobin says:

    how mahy of them work for the cartel?

  3. Observe closely .. they shoud want a proper impression !

  4. Kathy Bolsen says:

    half of which are of little character…..

  5. How many have the Narcs bought off?

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

What is 5 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)


There may be graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation we are in.


Why do you think the drug cartels are more violent in Mexico than the U.S.A.

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of The US Open Borders, its editorial staff, board or organization. Reprint inquiries should be directed to the author of the article. Contact the editor for a link request to The US Open Borders. The US Open Borders is not affiliated with any mainstream media organizations. The US Open Borders is not supported by any political organization. The US Open Borders is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational initiative. Responsibility for the accuracy of cited content is expressly that of the contributing author. All original content offered by The US Open Borders is copyrighted. US Open Borders goal is the liberation of the American voter from partisan politics and special interests in government through the primary-source, fact-based education of the American people.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.