Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Police in Mexico have uncovered a grisly scheme to kidnap children and sell their organs
Authorities in the Western state of Michoacan have revealed that they have arrested Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, the nephew of one of the top leaders of the Knights Templar cartel, for his involvement. Gaspar and his cohorts would take their young captives to rented homes with medical equipment and remove their organs. Police say that the cases dated back several years. Once word of the arrest broke, a leader in a local vigilante group told a radio station that several children had been rescued from a cartel van in his town. "They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped in blankets," he said. All hailed from the same Mexico City school, and were abducted during a beach outing. The Templar cartel has for years been diversifying its operations beyond drugs; it now makes most of its money from illegal mining, logging, and extortion.