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Mexican drug cartel hitman is just a boy


14-year-old hit man 'El Ponchis' says he was drugged before killing 4 in Mexico drug cartel violence

Larry Mcshane
Friday, December 3rd 2010, 2:14 PM

Mexican army soldiers escort a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Sierra/APMexican army soldiers escort a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The suspect is nicknamed "El Ponchis," or "the cloaked one."


This hit man is a mere boy: "El Ponchis," a 14-year-old killer who claims he was involved in four decapitations while working for a Mexican drug cartel.

The teen assassin, whose existence was considered more rumor than reality by many, was busted late Thursday at a Mexican airport as he tried to flee the country, officials said.

The alleged young killer is known as "El Ponchis" or "the cloaked one." He confessed to his role in the gruesome killings to reporters at the Mexican Attorney General's office in Cuernavaca.

"I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn't, they would kill me," the teen said Friday, speaking calmly and without remorse.

He was arrested with his 16-year-old sister, who reportedly disposed of her brother's victims by dumping the bodies on streets and freeways, officials said.

The boy also said that he was employed by the cartel since he was 11 years old.

He and his sister are suspected of working with the South Pacific Cartel headed by Hector Beltran Leyva, whose drug lord brother Arturo was killed last year by Mexican Marines.

Hector's war for control of the drug cartel is blamed for an upsurge in violence in the region south of Mexico City.

"El Ponchis" and his sibling already had plane tickets when they were taken into custody. The sister told reporters that they were heading to join their mother in San Diego.

The boy and his sister were living in a working class suburb outside Cuernavaca.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/03/2010-12-03_14yearold_hit_man_el_ponchis_says_he_was_drugged_before_killing_4_in_mexico_drug.html#ixzz175ZYRAYk

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