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Mexico arrests high-profile vigilante leader

The leader of a Mexican self-defence group, Jose Manuel Mireles, is seen after his arrest by federal police, along with hundreds of colleagues, for illegal possesion of Army-issued weapons in Michoacan on June 27, 2014Mexican officials on Friday announced the arrest Jose Manuel Mireles, the face of a powerful anti-crime vigilante group in the western state of Michoacan. A medical doctor by training, the tall Mireles, who sports a thick moustache and usually wears a cowboy hat, co-founded the group and was for months it’s chief spokesman and its most visible personality. Mireles was arrested with “weapons of exclusive military use,” the Michoacan state government said via Twitter. Along with Mireles more than 100 armed men who claimed to be self-defense force members were also arrested, an army source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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