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El Ponchis, the gangland hitman who is terrorising Mexico... at the age of 12 UPDATE!

By Balzafire, Nov 12, 2010 | Updated: Dec 5, 2010 | | |
  1. Balzafire
    He is the sadistic executioner whose killings have terrorised Mexico.

    But unlike most of the brutal players in the country's horrific drug wars, El Ponchis (The Cloak) is just 12 years old.

    The diminutive hitman, whose real name is not known, is in the pay of a Mexican cartel battling for control of the cocaine trade.

    He works alongside a posse of women dubbed the Chavelas, who are responsible for dumping the bodies of his victims.

    Some of them are believed to be his sisters.

    A Mexican Army spokesman said: 'We understand El Ponchis works under the command of Julio Jesus Radilla.

    'El Ponchis was identified as the paid executioner of Radilla's enemies.

    'These victims were tortured, their throats cut and bodies dumped at roadsides.'

    Gruesome videos of El Ponchis torturing and executing his enemies have been circulated online.

    His favoured technique is to slit the throats of his victims using a cutting technique which leaves the head hanging by a thread.

    The killer has also posed for photographs wielding a rifle and standing beside a body.

    El Ponchis works for the South Pacific Cartel (SPC) which operates in Morelos, Mexico, and is headed by Radilla.

    Most of its members are between 12 and 23. They are behind a number of brutal massacres and Radilla and El Ponchis reportedly escaped when the Mexican army raided an SPC base in the town of Tejalpa last month.

    Latest figures suggest more than 50 people are killed by drug cartels every day. The death toll for the year is set to exceed 18,000.

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    11th November 2010


  1. Balzafire
    Re: El Ponchis, the gangland hitman who is terrorising Mexico.... at the age of 12

    [h1]'I slit their throats,' accused teen hit man says[/h1]

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18233&stc=1&d=1291560472[/imgl]Mexico City (CNN) -- A 14-year-old accused of ruthless killings on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel boss faced a battery of questions from reporters after authorities detained him. And he answered, point-blank, as camera flash bulbs flickered.

    "I slit their throats," he said, describing what he said was the killing of four people.

    The teen told reporters after his capture Thursday night that he was an orphan who joined the Pacifico Sur drug cartel when he was 12. He said Julio "El Negro" Padilla, one of the group's alleged leaders, threatened him.

    "I either work or he'll kill me," the 14-year-old said.

    Analysts say the case offers a glimpse into Mexican drug gangs, which are increasingly recruiting youth to help with their turf battles.

    Blog: Accused teen hit man in Mexico admits to slayings

    "This won't be the last time we hear stories of young children picking up arms and killing people because it pays, and because they think it's cool," said Sylvia Longmire, a former U.S. Air Force officer and senior intelligence analyst specializing in Latin America and Mexico's drug war.

    With his hands shoved into the pockets of his cargo pants, the 14-year-old told reporters that he was paid weekly in dollars and pesos. But in answering questions about whether he knew what he was doing when he allegedly participated in the killings, the teen said he was under the influence of drugs and unaware of his actions.

    "No, I didn't know," he said.

    Troops standing beside the teen while the youth was interviewed wore masks to hide their faces -- a common sight in Mexico, where clashes between authorities and cartels have intensified since President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown shortly after he took office in 2006.

    But the teen's face was clearly visible.

    Martin Perez, director of Mexico's Children's Rights Network, said late Friday that authorities should not have given television cameras and newspaper photographers access to the 14-year-old.

    "It was completely inappropriate, the form of presenting him in front of the media," he said.

    "Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent," he said. "Also, it could put his life at serious risk. We have to remember that this is a fight between criminal organizations."

    Morelos state Gov. Marco Adame told reporters Friday that he has asked for an inquiry into the teen's migratory status after preliminary reports indicated that the 14-year-old was carrying a birth certificate issued in San Diego, California, when authorities detained him and two of his sisters at an airport in central Mexico.

    A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Saturday that the boy's identity and citizenship were still being investigated.

    A spokeswoman for the Mexican attorney general's office said authorities detained the 14-year-old Thursday evening on suspicion of working as a drug-cartel hit man, but declined to provide details.

    An anonymous phone tip alerted authorities that the teen was at the airport and heading to Tijuana, Mexico, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

    The 14-year-old said he went to school before joining the drug gang.

    "I studied," he said, adding that he later dropped out. "I didn't want to study anymore ... I didn't like it."

    By the CNN Wire Staff
    December 5, 2010
  2. Guttz
    Mexican teenage 'hitman' could face three years in prison

    Fourteen-year-old known as El Ponchis will be tried under state juvenile law, but children's group criticises handling of case.

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18306&stc=1&d=1291852798[/imgl]A 14-year-old boy who is accused of taking part in four beheadings carried out for a Mexican drug cartel will be tried under a state juvenile law carrying a maximum of three years in prison, a judge said yesterday.

    The juvenile court judge in Morelos state made the ruling after a hearing on whether the federal government should handle the case because of the gravity of the allegations against the boy, known as El Ponchis (the cloak).

    The judge said Mexican law allowed him to preside over cases involving minors facing federal charges. He added that the teenager would face charges of murder, organised crime and other allegations.

    After the hearing, the boy was escorted from the courtroom by 15 state police officers. Dozens more were stationed inside and outside the building.

    Authorities said they had arrested El Ponchis at Cuernavaca airport, south of Mexico City, on Thursday, along with his 19-year-old sister.

    Mexican officials allege the boy was working for the Cartel of the South Pacific, a branch of the splintered Beltran Leyva gang.

    His sister said the pair were heading for Tijuana, where they planned to cross the border and seek refuge with their stepmother in San Diego, California.

    "I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn't, they would kill me," El Ponchis said when he was handed over to the federal prosecutor on Friday. Authorities identified him only by his first name, Edgar.

    The governor of Morelos, Marco Adame Castillo, said the boy was born in San Diego, and Mexican officials were checking whether he had dual nationality. It is not known whether he will be sent to the US.

    Despite apparently being born in the US, the boy grew up in a poor, urban neighbourhood packed with businesses near Cuernavaca city, where the people who knew him said everyone had called him El Ponchis since he was four, although no one knew why.

    On Saturday, a car with a speaker mounted on its roof drove around the neighbourhood narrating how the boy had been captured. The neighbours, who did not want to be named because of safety fears, remembered him as a quiet boy and said they thought the allegations against him were false.

    His capture, and subsequent presentation to the press, angered a Mexican children's advocacy group, which claimed the teenager's privacy and due process rights were violated.

    The Children's Rights Network added that Mexican officials should not have allowed journalists to question the boy after his arrest.

    Many Mexican youths have been used by drug cartels. A YouTube video, which emerged a month ago, sparked talk of a child hitman said to be as young as 12.

    Monday 6 December 2010 08.32 GMT
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