Size of Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar

The Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar is estimated to have up to 1,200 gunman working within the cartel.

The cartel was formed out of the remnants of La Familia Michoacana in 2010. They are know for their strict, religious inspired devotion and carry a code book that lists 53 commandments that each member must obey.

The Knights Templar are one of the main cartels trafficking crystal meth into the United States.

Source: Ioan Grillo, “Saint, knights and crystal meth; Mexico’s bizarre cartel,” Reuters, July 18, 2012.