Friday, December 3, 2010

Edgar Jimenez aka ‘El Ponchis’: U.S. teen arrested as cartel hitman in Mexico

Image: Edgar Jimenez Lugo alias El Ponchis talks to a journalist as he is presented to the media in Cuernavaca

'El Ponchis' Edgar Jimenez admitted to killing at least 7 people, army says

“Soldiers in Mexico have captured a 14-year-old U.S. citizen suspected of being a drug gang hitman as he attempted to travel to the United States.

Edgar Jimenez, known as "El Ponchis (seen here in photo)," is believed to work for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state, outside Mexico City, the army said on Friday. Media reports last month on the search for a boy with the same nom de guerre said he could be as young as 12.”

AND…

“Murders committed by minors, ranging from shoplifting to murder for the cartels, have risen across Mexico this year, state officials say. Parents in the violent cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana on the U.S. border say children as young as eight want to grow up to be drug lords, as the thrills and wealth of the trafficking world touches their lives.”

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