Mexican drug cartel hangs wanted posters of rivals

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 6:56 PM
Mexican drug cartel hangs wanted posters of rivals

One of Mexico's newest drug cartels has posted wanted banners for members of a rival cartel. They ask public for help in capturing "kidnappers and traitors to the nation" and promise punishment.

The banners were put up by the Knights Templar, which formed around March. The cartel is an offshoot of La Familia, a pseudo-religious gang based in Mexico's western state of Michoacan. The gangs are now feuding.

The banners show five mugshots and list the names of six men thought to have worked for La Familia but are now allegedly with the Zetas cartel.

Rewards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are offered, and the banners list a phone number. The number rang busy when tried by The Associated Press.

Authorities have taken down the banners.