Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2015

‘La Tuta’ indicted for crimes against public health and organized crime

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The leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, Servando Gómez Martínez (aka “La Tuta”), was indicted by Mexican Justice to a prolonged jail term on Sunday March 8th, according to a statement by the Federal Judiciary Council (CJF) in the State of Mexico.

Gómez Martínez reserved his right to enter a plea before the federal judge and asked for an extension.

He asked for a time extension to define his legal status from the constitutionally mandated 72 hours to 144 hours. The term expires March 12 at 11 a.m.

The Federal Judiciary Council explained that in accordance with penal law, the judge in Toluca has determined that Gómez Martínez should face charges on organized crime, as well as crimes against public health by collaborating in the distribution of cocaine and marijuana.

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According to the Fourth District Criminal Proceedings Court, the crimes brought forth by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) were against the leader of the criminal organization known as the Knights Templar. All of the charges are based on the Federal Law Against Organized Crime and in the Federal Penal Code.

Gómez Martínez is 49 years old and was detained on Friday, March 6, in Morelia. He was one of the eight most wanted drug lords in Mexico. His arrest came after four months of federal investigators following one of his messengers.

He is being held in the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary Number One.

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