Mexico has some new sheriffs in town. The government has decided to incorporate armed, civilian “self defense” groups into the country’s mostly unused and antiquated Rural Defense Corps to grant them the authority to pursue (whoever they deem) criminals. The announcement from the government came as security forces from these “self defense” groups, which count themselves as 20,000 men strong, captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel. President Enrique Pena Nieto was compelled to give government approval to these vigilante groups after they began doing a better job than his own police forces combatting the Knights Templar’s terrifying hold of western regions of the country.
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