In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, masked soldiers check a house that they suspect belongs to members of the drug cartel "Caballeros Templarios," or Knights Templar, near the town of El Alcalde in Michoacan state, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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Mexico has disarmed more than 1,200 local police officers suspected of colluding with drug traffickers in Michoacan state and arrested 38 members of the notorious Knights Templar drug cartel active in the region.Garcia said federal forces have taken control of 27 municipalities in the western Mexico state and disarmed 1,209 of the local police officers.Michoacan, where much of the population lives in poverty, has become the most pressing security issue facing Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, who inherited a bloody war on drugs from his predecessor in 2012 that has left more than 77,000 people dead since it was launched in 2006 .
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