The Mexican army says it has captured a key figure in the cult-like Knights Templar drug cartel that is sowing violence in western Mexico.
Brig. Gen. Edgar Luis Villegas says Saul Solis Solis was captured Monday in the western state of Michoacan, where the cartel was born.
It split from La Familia, a pseudo-religious drug gang known as a major trafficker of methamphetamine.
Villegas said Tuesday that Solis is considered one of the principal lieutenants in the Knights Templar and is involved in various attacks on soldiers and federal police.
Mexico's attorney general had offered a $1.1 million reward for information leading to his capture.
Solis is a cousin of one of the gang's main alleged leaders, Enrique Plancarte Solis.