Known as the Knight's Templar Cártel, this organization was first founded around late 2010 by splintering members of La Familia Michoacana.
They have become infamous for extorting local farmers of Michoacán, businesses and anyone whom crosses their path. As well, they are noted to operate illegal iron ore mines - which actually formed a substantial portion of their revenue in the group's hay days.
Beyond this, they are remarked as having odd practices of initiation. Potential members are made to don medieval style cloth, helmets, chainmail and shields as they swear fealty to the organization. Subsequently, they are supplied with handbooks denoting permitted and forbidden practices and told to live and die for the Cártel.
They stylize themselves a righteous group with political and religious aims, and claim to avoid things of evil such as murdering or extorting innocents or engaging in petty theft.
This is factually untrue, though the group has been known to punish those they believe are 'wrongdoers'. In one infamous case, they stripped an accused rapist naked and hung his mutilated corpse from a telephone pole as a warning to anyone who might engage in sexual assault. Similar examples have been made of extortionists and thieves not operating under CT guidelines.
Their control of the state of Michoacán became so complete that state security forces refused to come to the aid of villagers begging their help, and videotapes of meetings between government officials with the organization's leadership have been released onto Youtube.
The arrests and deaths of leaders, the rise of vigilante groups and the influx and incursions of rival criminal groups have left the Caballeros struggling to maintain the control they once had over Michoacán.