Kristin Tate
March 18, 2014

An alleged member of the Mexican Knights Templar cartel, 34-year-old Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, was arrested by police in the state of Michoacán–suspected of killing young children by removing their internal organs. Michoacán state Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos accused the alleged gang member of involvement in the cartel’s organ harvesting ring, which reportedly targeted children, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

According to the Daily Mail, Gaspar was apprehended last week in a stolen car where large amounts of cash and crystal meth were found. He is the nephew of a notorious Knights Templar leader named Enrique Plancarte Solis.

Subsequent to the arrest, Carlos Castellanos tweeted a series of alarming messages according to the Daily News. One of them said that Gaspar “belongs to a criminal group and is being investigated for the death of children, who drew their organs for sale,” as reported in the paper.

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