Cuernavaca, Mexico - A 12 year-old nicknamed “El Ponchis” has become a well-known, bloodthirsty murder in the world of narcotraffickers. He is a member of the South Pacific Cartel(CPS), in the state of Morelos, Mexico, and can be seen in videos cutting the neck of his victims, hitting another, and posing next to a corpse.
According to El Universal, the CPS is backed by Los Zetas (and presumably Hector Beltran Leyva) in a war against La Familia Michoacana and the remnants of La Barbie's cartel for control of the plaza in Cuernavaca.
The CPS is considered by some to be heirs apparent to the cartel of the Beltran Leyva brothers in Morelos. This particular cell of CPS liked to upload photos on the internet to show off their weapons, drugs, cars and the brutality they inflict on their rivals.
However, it was this habit that led investigators to discovering the location of one of the CPS' cells whereabouts. Some members were caught by soldiers late last month when they performed an operation in the town of Tejalpa.
Both “El Ponchis”, whose ID is unknown, and another man named Julio Jesus Radilla managed to escape. According to the Mexican army, the killers are protected by the local authorities in the hands of the center-left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
Radilla worked with El Ponchis, the 12 year old who was identified during the investigation as a torturer and executioner who disposed of bodies by dumping them on the side of the road or in abandoned parking lots.According to police sources, “El Ponchis” committed his crimes in the company of women, some of them his own sisters, known in the town of Tejalpa as “The Chavelas.” On several occasions, the women helped drive the bodies of the victims to the drop location and left the corpses and messages arranged at different sites.
On October 29th six members of the CPS were detained at a house in Tejalpa, the military officials in charge of the operation stated they believe the sicarios have been operating for a long time in the area with the full support of the municipal authorities and the local PRD party governor.
The military acted on several anonymous tips indicating that certain houses in the area were being used to house victims of kidnapping.
In the videos being circulated on YouTube, El Ponchis is seen cutting the neck of a rival cartel member, several other photos show the group itself and the large caliber weapons they carry.
In one of the these videos (which is no longer available on YouTube), a man with CPS tattoos is beating a corpse at it hangs from its neck. The one below shows El Ponchis posing next to a corpse.
The investigation reveals that the group was responsible for the death of two men hung from a bridge in Cuernavaca back in early April of this year.