By H. Nelson Goodson
February 28, 2015
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico - On early Friday, Federal Police arrested Servando Gómez Martínez, 49, aka, "La Tuta," the main leader of the Caballeros Templarios, a criminal organization. Martínez was arrested with eight other suspects around 4:22 a.m. at a residence in the neighborhood of Tenencia de Morelos in Morelia.
Police say, the suspects including, Maria Antonieta Luna Avalos, Eduardo Esteban Aviles, Jesús Fernando Magaña Gutiérrez, Edgar Agusto Ramírez Haro, Fabricio Magaña Jurado, Juan Manuel Ayala Maldonado, Christian Emanuel Arias Sánchez and Marcelo Reyes Sánchez were taken into custody along with Martínez without firing a shot.
Martínez was wanted for eight federal warrants by the Mexican federal government for his connection to commit murder, operating a criminal organization, extortions, kidnapping and drug trafficking. A $30M pesos ($2.3M U.S.) reward for the drug lord was offered for information leading to his arrest.
Martínez was transported to Mexico City for questioning by the feds.
On Friday afternoon, Flavio Gómez Martínez, 43, the brother of La Tuta was taken into custody in Mérida, Yucatan without firing a single shot as well. He was arrested in the neighborhood of Maya and had five federal warrants in connection with the criminal organization, according to federal authorities. He is considered to be one of the chief financial accountants for the Caballeros Templarios.