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The government said soldiers and police arrested one of the top Knights Templar leaders, Dionicio Loya Plancarte, alias “El Tio,” or The Uncle, before dawn in the state capital, Morelia. National Public Safety System secretary Monte Rubido said Loya Plancarte was found “hiding in a closet” and accompanied only by 16-year-old boy.

Loya Plancarte had a 30 million-peso ($2.25 million) reward on his head wfor drug, organized crime and money-laundering charges and was listed as one of Mexico’s three dozen most-wanted drug lords in the late 2000s.


Associated Press writer Olga R. Rodriguez contributed to this report.