la familia michoacana
The Pope was speaking in the beleaguered state of Michoacán where a military-led offensive nearly a decade ago kicked off Mexico’s bloody drug wars. At least 28 priests have been killed since then.
The Pope is heading for Chiapas, Michoacán, and Ciudad Juárez. Local priests talk about working in places where indigenous traditions mean chickens are sacrificed in church, poor farmers ask if it's ok to grow drugs, and where cartels rule.
An unnamed Mexican official told reporters that blogger Harry Devert had been murdered because he was believed to be a US agent traveling in the Tierra Caliente region, known for its several local cartels.
A Canadian CEO said his mining company has a "good relationship" with drug lords in Sinaloa, while at least six people in recent weeks have been killed in mining-related incidents in Guerrero.
Servando Gomez Martinez, known as "La Tuta," had been isolated in recent months under pressure from federal forces and the community militias known as autodefensas.
“Our policy is we don’t refer to criminal groups by name,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said. “They are just criminal groups.”
The head of the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana, improbably, was killed again this weekend.