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Mexico official says drug lord Servando Gomez captured, ruled western Michoacan state

  • In this frame grab from a Dec. 2013 file video interview by Mundo Fox via APTN, shows Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," leader of the Knights Templar cartel, giving an interview as masked and armed men watch in an unknown location in Mexico's Michoacan state. Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. Watermarks on the video were added by Mundo Fox. (AP Photo/Mundo Fox via APTN, File)

    In this frame grab from a Dec. 2013 file video interview by Mundo Fox via APTN, shows Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," leader of the Knights Templar cartel, giving an interview as masked and armed men watch in an unknown location in Mexico's Michoacan state. Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. Watermarks on the video were added by Mundo Fox. (AP Photo/Mundo Fox via APTN, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Federal police patrol as part of increased security outside the SEIDO, the organized-crime division of Mexico's Attorney General Office where high profile detainees are sometimes shown to the press in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The leader of the Knights Templar cartel Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. It could not be confirmed if Gomez was inside the SEIDO building. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Federal police patrol as part of increased security outside the SEIDO, the organized-crime division of Mexico's Attorney General Office where high profile detainees are sometimes shown to the press in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The leader of the Knights Templar cartel Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. It could not be confirmed if Gomez was inside the SEIDO building. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • A masked federal police officer stands on an armored vehicle arriving as part of beefed up security outside the SEIDO, the organized-crime division of Mexico's Attorney General Office where high profile detainees are sometimes shown to the press in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Leader of the Knights Templar cartel Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. It could not be confirmed if Gomez was inside the building. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    A masked federal police officer stands on an armored vehicle arriving as part of beefed up security outside the SEIDO, the organized-crime division of Mexico's Attorney General Office where high profile detainees are sometimes shown to the press in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Leader of the Knights Templar cartel Servando "La Tuta" Gomez," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was captured early Friday by federal police in the capital city of Morelia, according to a Mexican official. It could not be confirmed if Gomez was inside the building. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

A Mexican federal official says federal police have captured Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state.

The official says Gomez was captured early Friday in the capital city of Morelia without a shot fired. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Gomez was the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, a quasi-religious criminal group that once ruled all of the state, controlling politics and commerce. He evaded capture for more than a year after the federal government took over the state to try to restore order.