Mexico tries to disarm vigilantes in drug war

A member of a self-defense group carries a weapon in Antunez, Mexico, on Thursday, January 16. The western state of Michoacan has long been a flashpoint in Mexico's drug war, and such groups have said they were forced to protect violence-torn towns from cartels. The Mexican government has now stepped in, sending federal forces to the region and ordering the vigilante groups to lay down their arms.

A member of a self-defense group carries a weapon in Antunez, Mexico, on Thursday, January 16. The western state of Michoacan has long been a flashpoint in Mexico's drug war, and such groups have said they were forced to protect violence-torn towns from cartels. The Mexican government has now stepped in, sending federal forces to the region and ordering the vigilante groups to lay down their arms.