Mexican Police Arrest Vigilante Who Waged War on Drug Lords

HECTOR GUERRERO—AFP/Getty Images Hipolito Mora (C), leader of the self-protection militia walks in La Ruana community, state of Michoacan, Mexico, on February 24, 2014.

Talk about a Mexican standoff

The fragile alliance between Mexican police and vigilantes took a blow Tuesday night with the arrest of a vigilante commander.

Reuters reports that police have arrested Hipolito Mora on suspicion of killing two men whose charred remains were discovered on Saturday. Local media identified one victim as a member of a rival vigilante group. Police have yet to confirm the reports.

Mora led one of western Mexico’s “self-defense groups,” which have gained prominence for their daring attacks on the Knights Templar drug cartel. More recently, locals fear the loose alliance of vigilantes may be fracturing under the influence of organized crime.


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