Dec 2010: U.S. Teenager Arrested as Drug Cartel Assassin, Multiple Gruesome Mass Murders, Beheadings

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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MEXICO CITY — Mexican troops captured a 14-year-old U.S. citizen said to have specialized in beheadings as an assassin for one of Mexico’s most vicious drug gangs. His pay: $2,500 a killing.

Presented to the news media Friday morning, Jimenez said he had beheaded at least four adversaries of the so-called South Pacific Cartel, a remnant of the Beltran Leyva crime syndicate. The small, mop-haired boy known as El Ponchis, or “The Stoner,” said he committed the killings while stoned on marijuana and at the orders of the gang boss in command of the Cuernavaca area. Authorities said he was caught with two cell phones that held photographs of tortured victims.

Several Laredo teenagers were convicted in 2007 for carrying out killings on behalf of the Zetas, the violent organization entrenched in Nuevo Laredo and other towns along the South Texas border.

Among the victims were more than 50 men thrown down a 500-foot abandoned mine shaft outside the colonial tourist town of Taxco, and 20 Mexican tourists massacred together in Acapulco, apparently in a case of mistaken identity.

Cables from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, filtered Thursday to European papers by WikiLeaks, include criticism of the army’s performance and reports of Mexican officials’ fears that the government had lost control of areas of the country.

American Ambassador Carlos Pascual issued a statement on Friday condemning WikiLeaks and assuring Mexicans that the U.S. commitment to their country remains strong.



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