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One of Mexico's Most Brutal Drug Cartel Offers to Disband If Government Protects Citizens
The Michoacan Family, one of Mexico's seven largest drug gangs and known here simply as La Familia, said in a letter sent on Wednesday to local media that it was ready to dissolve itself if security was enforced and citizens of the state are protected.
"If the government accepts this pledge publicly and carries it out, the Michoacan Family will disband," said the letter, which was also posted on flyers around the state capital Morelia, urging the authorities to take control of the state "with force and decision."
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In Mexico City, however, the federal attorney general's office said it was unclear if the message was authentic, but still dismissed it, insisting the government "could not make deals with criminals."
The gang is known for its religious zeal, notably justifying the beheadings of 12 policemen in June as being the work of "divine violence," and controls drug manufacturing and distribution in and around Michoacan with an iron fist.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration said last week, upon arresting 45 people in Atlanta, Georgia for links to the cartel, that it supplies "vast quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine" to the United States.
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