Mexico deports teenage hitman – The Sun Daily

MEXICO CITY (Nov 27, 2013): Mexico deported a teenage hitman to the US on Tuesday after he spent nearly three years in a juvenile detention centre for crimes including murder, kidnapping and trafficking cocaine in a case that shocked even a nation used to violence.

US-born Edgar Jimenez, known as “El Ponchis,” worked for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state outside Mexico City. He was captured in late 2010 when he tried to travel to the US. He was just 14.

“His plane has left for the US,” a Mexican security official said, asking not to be identified in line with policy. He said Jimenez, now 17, had been released a few days early for good behaviour, and was bound for San Antonio, Texas.

The official said he was expected to be taken to a rehabilitation centre in Texas.

When he was captured, he admitted on camera to beheading victims and said he had been drugged and forced to kill. A video posted on YouTube shows him hacking a victim’s head off with a machete.

Mexico has suffered years of drug-related violence, with about 1,000 people a month dying in gangland killings. About 80,000 people have died since 2007 in cartel violence.

But while violence is commonplace, Jimenez’ young age and his brutal crimes shocked Mexico.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to focus on reducing violent crime and extortion. However, the steady stream of killings has continued unabated. – Reuters

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