Prominent drug cartel leader killed in Mexico

Dec 30, 2015, 2:02 AM EST
Michoacan, Mexico
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Carlos Rosales Mendoza was on the US Drug Enforcement Agency most wanted list.

BBC News writes:

Carlos Rosales Mendoza, the founder of one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels, has been killed.

Rosales Mendoza's body was found along with three other bodies by a motorway in western Mexico.

All four victims had been shot dead, forensic experts said.

Rosales Mendoza, 52, was one of the founders of La Familia Michoacana, a drug cartel with a reputation for extreme violence which claims to defend family and religious values.

Quartz writes:

Rosales Mendoza, 53, was credited with starting La Familia in Michoacan in the 1980s and forging an alliance with its rivals, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas; La Familia broke out as its own proper drug cartel in 2006. Rosales Mendoza led the gang with Nazario Moreno Gonzalez—who later spun off his own rival group, the

Knights Templar. (Moreno Gonzalez was later killed by Mexican federal police forces in 2010.)