Thursday, October 6, 2011


Mexico City (AP) - One of the last major leaders of the pseudo-religious La Familia drug gang has been captured, Mexican officials said Wednesday, an arrest that has provided insights into the final days of one of the country’s most bizarre criminal cartels.  Martin Rosales Magana had been on the run since a breakaway gang threatened to kill relatives of those who still sympathized with La Familia, said federal police anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno.  
Rosales Magana plotted to lead 200 Zetas and La Familia gunmen in an assault on Apatzingan, a city in western Mexico now dominated by the equally cult-like Knights Templar cartel that broke away from his group, Pequeno said. The plan was to generate outrage at violence and trigger a crackdown on the rival gang.

Rosales Magana and three other men were arrested Tuesday in the neighboring State of Mexico.  The Knights Templar split from La Familia in March, and it quickly used threats and armed force to displace La Familia in Michoacan. 
The groups both said they were founded to fend off the hyper-violent Zetas, and both employ pseudo-religious rhetoric depicting themselves as defenders of the public against extortionists and kidnappers.  Both, however, are drug-trafficking organizations and demand protection payments from business owners and farmers. La Familia had claimed it allowed its members to traffic, but not consume, drugs.

One of the last major leaders of the pseudo-religious La Familia drug gang has been captured.  Martin Rosales Magana, alias “El Terry,” had been on the run, persecuted by rival gang the Knights Templar.  La Familia, one of the Mexico’s most bizarre criminal cartels, has been decimated by arrests and killings, and displaced by the Knights Templar from its home state of Michoacan.  People want to get rid of their miseries through the use of drugs, instead of using their free will to serve Krishna.

Modern society knows that intoxication brings crime, cruelty, illness, laziness, accidents, family breakups, and early death. But what can we do to stop it?  First we need to consider why people take intoxicants. The urge to dull or distort one’s awareness comes from a sense of futility and hopelessness. ... Another reason for the urge for intoxication is modern society’s equating happiness with escape and delusion.  According to Bhagavad-gita, such delusion is happiness in the mode of ignorance, the lowest of the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, and ignorance). Some intoxicants may seem to promote passion, as they speed up physical and mental processes. And some intoxicants seem to mimic the effects of goodness by imitating a sense of peacefulness (it’s really just lethargy) or “consciousness expansion.” Yet all intoxicants produce only varieties of illusion and delusion. 

Śrīmati Urmila devi dasi :
“Drug Free” 

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