Mexico has arrested one of the cartel hit men who castrate and behead their victims. It is a 14 year old who started his bloody work at the tender age of 11. (h/t Gateway Pundit)
Mexican police are searching for a 12-year-old boy hired as a hitman by a drug cartel, Morelos state prosecutors said. Police have been searching for the boy, known only by his nickname "El Ponchis," since late October, after military forces released him due to his young age.
He had earlier been arrested along with six suspected hitmen for the South Pacific Cartel. The suspects allegedly confessed they had killed several men found hanging from bridges in Cuernavaca, less than 100 kilometres south of Mexico City.
They said the boy was in charge of cutting the victims' heads and genitalia, according to local media. "We are looking for him but we still haven't arrested him," an official from the Morelos state prosecutor's office said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing.
Cuernavaca, where many wealthy families from the capital keep a secondary residence, is also the site of a fierce battle between rival drug traffickers fighting for control of the Arturo Beltran Leyva cartel after its leader of the same name was killed by military forces last December.
President Felipe Calderon has dispatched 50,000 troops to contain Mexico's brutal drug war, but the four-year crackdown has so far failed to stem the bloodshed that has claimed 28,000 lives.
He was fleeing to America, when arrested with his sister who aided him, where his mother lives, presumable illegally.
CUERNAVACA, Mexico – The Mexican army has detained a 14-year-old U.S. citizen suspected of acting as a killer for a drug cartel. The boy said he had been working for the cartel since he was 11.
The much-rumored alleged young assassin nicknamed "El Ponchis" was captured late Thursday at the airport near Cuernavaca with his 16-year-old sister as they tried to catch a flight to Tijuana and flee the country, said an army official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.The sister told reporters that they planned to cross the border to San Diego, California, to go to their stepmother's house. She said their mother had sent money for the tickets, but she did not specify where the mother lives.
Morelos state Gov. Marco Adame Castillo said at a news conference that the boy was born in San Diego and that Mexican officials are researching whether he is a citizen of
Mexico as well. Although state courts usually handle crimes by juveniles in Mexico, state authorities have asked the federal government to take over the case because of the gravity of the crimes.
The teen told reporters early Friday he has worked for a drug cartel since he was 11 and that he participated in at least four decapitations. The source said his sister was accused of getting rid of the bodies by dumping them on streets and freeways."I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn't, they would kill me," said the boy, who appeared calm and showed no remorse.
Another teenage sister accompanied the two, but officials said she was not suspected of being involved in the cartels."El Ponchis" wore blue jeans and a T-shirt and the detained sister jeans and a sweater when they were apprehended. Their airline tickets were already purchased.
The army did not specify where they were detained in the airport or whether they had already passed through security checks.
The attorney general for Morelos state said the two would turned over to state authorities, who handle crimes committed by minors in Mexico.
The two were suspected of helping the South Pacific Cartel headed by Hector Beltran Leyva, brother of Arturo Beltran Leyva, a top drug lord who was killed by Mexican marines in Cuernavaca a year ago.The boy said Friday he had been employed by the cartel since he was ll years old.
Rumors that have circulated for weeks of a killer named "El Ponchis" as young as 12
Hector Beltran Leyva's fight for control of the cartel has caused a major spike in violence in the state just south of Mexico City, and in neighboring Guerrero state, where the resort of Acapulco is located.
The siblings were living in a poor neighborhood of Jiutepec, a working-class suburb of Cuernavaca, known as a weekend getaway for Mexico City residents. The area has an industrial area with Nissan, Unilever and other factories, rustic single-level concrete homes and some farms.
Neighbors said the mother has worked in the San Diego area for some time, but none had information about the teenagers' father.
The interesting fact is that he would have qualified for the DREAM Act amnesty, as he has no criminal convictions and would have entered the U.S. before the age of 16. And he could not be deported until a decision was made on his case. And he could not be deported because he had no criminal convictions. So El Ponchis and his sister could have been free to continue their bloody work in the U.S. without any fear.