How effective is the Mexican government’s ‘kingpin strategy’?

The Tequila Files

Knights Templar kingpin Servando "La Tuta" Gomez was finally captured last Friday after an eight-month manhunt. Knights Templar kingpin Servando “La Tuta” Gomez was finally captured in Morelia last Friday.

Mexican security forces captured the heads of two of the nation’s most feared and violent drug cartels in the last week, but security experts remain unconvinced of the effectiveness of the government’s strategy in the war on drugs.

For every capo the government brings down, several more spring up in his place like the snarling heads of a Hydra, while the cartels’ finances and the shady figures that protect them remain untouched.

This week’s arrests were the latest in a string of recent detentions and killings of key figures within the pseudo-religious Knights Templar cartel and the ultraviolent paramilitary group Los Zetas.

First, just as he was preparing to tuck into a chocolate cake to celebrate his 49th birthday, Servando “La Tuta” Gómez, the last remaining figurehead of the Knights Templars, was arrested…

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