'El Ponchis': Child Assassin Arrested By Mexican Army

A 14-year-old suspected of acting as a killer for a drug cartel, has been detained by the Mexican army in Cuernavaca, Mexico, according to army officials.

The alleged murderer, nicknamed "El Ponchis" was captured at an airport attempting to board a flight with his 16-year-old sister. They were trying to flee to Tijuana, according to reports.

After their arrest, the siblings were transported to the office of the Mexican Attorney General's Office in Cuernavaca early Friday, where the boy told reporters that he was involved in at least four decapitations.

"I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn't, they would kill me," says the teen who later admitted to working for the cartel since he was 11.

Reports accuse his sister of getting rid of the bodies by discarding them on streets and freeways.

The attorney general for Morelos state says the brother and sister would be turned over to state authorities, who handle crimes committed by underage offenders in Mexico.

The war on drugs and violence continue in Mexico… Mexican officials announced they recently arrested a 14-year-old boy known as “El Ponchis” in connection with at least four beheadings.

The young assassin, believed to be working with a dangerous Mexican drug cartel, was caught at a Cuernavaca airport south of Mexico City with two cell phones that held photographs of tortured victims. He was fleeing to the United States, to enter likely illegally at the California-Mexico border into San Diego.

UPDATE: The boy’s identity has now been released to the press — he is Edgar Jimenez Lugo, and he has been killing for at least three years.

The Mexican army has arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of being a hired killer for a drug cartel.

Officials said Edgar Jimenez, nicknamed El Ponchis, had been trying to catch a plane from Cuernavaca to the US with two of his sisters.

The military alleges that he took part in a number of beheadings under the influence of drugs supplied by the cartel.

Thousands have died in drug-related violence in Mexico in recent years.

The teenager is believed to have worked for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state outside Mexico City, the army said.

An unnamed army official told AP news agency that Edgar Jimenez had admitted taking part in four murders, but had said he had been drugged and threatened with death if he did not participate.

The army source said one of the teenager’s sisters was accused of disposing of the bodies, AP reports. No charges have yet been filed.


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