Mexico Drug War Cartel Country

In this Oct. 24, 2012 photo, a soldier patrols near a temple allegedly built by the drug cartel “Caballeros Templarios,” or Knights Templar, that shows signs of vandalism allegedly left by the Zetas drug cartel near the town of Cueramato in Michoacan state, Mexico. Knights Templar, a quasi-religious drug cartel that controls the area and most of the state, monitors the movements of the military and police around the clock. The gang’s members not only live off methamphetamine and marijuana smuggling and extortion, they maintain country roads, control the local economy and act as private debt collectors for citizens frustrated with the courts, soldiers say. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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