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Vigilantes enter Mexican drug cartel's key bastion

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Vigilante militias that have fought a drug cartel in western Mexico for a year entered a key gang bastion on Saturday, manning checkpoints and helping federal forces find criminals. 

Mexican federal police patrol the streets of Apatzingan, Michoacan State, Mexico, on January 14, 2014

The civilian self-defense forces had their eye on Apatzingan for months, saying it was the "crown jewel" of the Knights Templar gang and a vital trade hub for the region's lime and avocado farmers.

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