MEXICO CITY (AP) — A federal prosecutor in Mexico says a group of vigilantes in western Mexico appears to have links to the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.
The vigilantes in the town of Buenavista in western Michoacan state say they are defending the town against the Knights Templar drug cartel.
But Assistant Attorney General Mariana Benitez says that at least one of 34 vigilantes detained this week has been the subject of criminal complaints and has "clear connections" to the New Generation gang.
Soldiers raided the town this week and detained the vigilantes after the group kidnapped local police and seized police vehicles and weapons. Benitez said Friday that some of detainees fired shots during the raid.
Soldiers seized assault rifles, and the detainees will face at least weapons possession charges.