Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

US officials met with alleged boy hitman in Mexico

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 |



By Oswald Alonso / Associated Press

U.S. Embassy officials met with Mexico's alleged child assassin to check on his welfare and provide him with information on a lawyer in the case that he is an American, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Mexican officials and his family say the boy, 14, who claims he carried out at least four executions, was born in the United States even though he spent much of his childhood in Mexico.

But Embassy spokesman Alexander Featherstone said his citizenship has not been determined, and U.S. officials met with the teen on Monday to offer him consular assistance "in case he is a U.S. citizen."

The boy, who authorities only named publicly as Edgar, was arrested Thursday with a 19-year-old sister, Elizabeth Jimenez Lugo, as they tried to board a plane to Tijuana in an airport near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City.

The two planned to cross the border into San Diego to be with their mother, Jimenez Lugo told reporters when they were handed over to federal authorities on Friday. Soldiers also detained another sister, Lina Erika Jimenez Lugo, 23, who had driven them to the airport.

Officials accuse the three of working for the Cartel of the South Pacific, a branch of the splintered Beltran Leyva gang fighting for control of the central state of Morelos, where he grew up.

Authorities say Edgar and Elizabeth Jimenez Lugo worked for Julio "El Negro" Padilla, who has been fighting for control of the drug trade in Morelos, formerly part of the territory under the Beltran Leyva gang, which broke up with the killing of leader Arturo Beltran Leyva by Mexican marines a year ago.

Elizabeth Jimenez Lugo was allegedly Padilla's girlfriend.

Mexico's Organized Crime Unit said late Monday it is holding the boy's sisters for 30 days for investigation of possible kidnapping and organized crime charges.

No birth certificate for the boy is on file in San Diego County. But birth records show Elizabeth Jimenez Lugo was born in 1991 at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, and her sister, Lina Erika, is registered as having been born in Jiutepec, Mexico. Both records name Carmen Solis, born in 1926, as the mother and no father.

Solis, who has since died, was their paternal grandmother who also raised Edgar in Jiutepec, according to a close relative who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation.

Authorities has been looking for Edgar since videos appeared a month ago on the Internet showing teenagers mugging with weapons and some victims, claiming they were drug cartel assassins. One teen nicknamed "El Ponchis" was believed to be as young as 12.

The relative said his nickname is "Ponchi," a name the family gave him when he was a pudgy 4-year-old.

Soldiers hunting for the boy barged into a baptism party of his young cousin in late November to search every corner. They returned two days later, nearly breaking down the gate to the two-story concrete house shared by several families in a working-class suburb of Cuernavaca, the relative said.

This time they even checked under the bed, but didn't find the boy.

After that, his family decided to send him with his sister to San Diego to be with their mother, the relative told The Associated Press.

"We didn't think he would get caught," he said.

The boy told reporters that he was kidnapped and forced to work for the cartel at age 11 and participated in at least four executions, though he said he was drugged and under threat.

When he was still a baby, Edgar's father brought the boy with five siblings from San Diego back to Jiutepec, an industrial suburb of Cuernavaca, to live Solis, the father's mother. The relative didn't say when she died.

"The boy loved her very much, and we watched how he would hug her as if she were his mother," the relative said.

Neighbors said the father remarried and the two captured teens talked about a stepmother.

The family knew the petite boy with curly hair and soft voice was hanging out with the wrong crowd but refuse to believe he was a killer for hire.

Ponchi was an errand boy, not an assassin, the relative said.

"He is a sweet boy," the relative said. "Maybe he appeared in the video just to show off."

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10 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

It's kinda crazy, they detained this kids mom yesterday in San Diego, Logan Heights. That he went from San Diego to cartel errand boy in Cuernavaca is pretty surpringing. I don't believe for a second he's not 100% guilty, of everything he's accused of. Of course he was an errand boy, but that includes the beheadings, torturing, etc. The kid was a killer, no doubt, manipulated by cartel scum, sure, but a killer just the same.

Ovemex said...

The mother has also been arrested in San Diego..

"The mother of an alleged 14-year-old assassin in Mexico has been charged with entering the United States illegally, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.

Border Patrol agents arrested Yolanda Lugo Jimenez at her San Diego home Monday night. According to the complaint, she told agents she is a Mexican citizen and not allowed to be in the United States.

A U.S. law enforcement official confirmed the 43-year-old woman is the mother of a boy who claims he carried out at least four executions for Mexican drug traffickers. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity."

Buela said...

It should not take long to determine if he is a US citizen, yet they have not. The fact is they can only confirm one sister is a US citizen. There was talk of a step mother in SD,
and a "mother" but I have not heard a thing about killer daddy.

Anonymous said...

These people have falsified records in an attempt to gain legal status in the US. There is no birth cert because they are too hard to fake. Birth registrations are easy to fake because they don't mean shit. If you are born in the US there is a birth cert. Period.

Anonymous said...

The following is nothing but USA government fed bullshit to the media!

Associated Press- U.S. Embassy officials met with Mexico's alleged child assassin to check on his welfare and provide him with information on a lawyer in the case that he is an American, a spokesman said Tuesday. But Embassy spokesman Alexander Featherstone said his citizenship has not been determined, and U.S. officials met with the teen on Monday to offer him consular assistance "in case he is a U.S. citizen."'

Baloney. 'Assistance offered'? You got to be kidding us!!!!???? The US government simply wants to try another child as ADULT supposed war criminal, just like the one the kid they now have kangaroo court 'tried' (after torturing him for years at Guantanamo) for resisting the US invasion of his country- Afghanistan. The torturers running the US government love trying children unjustly as supposed adults, it does certainly seem... Barack or Dubya in charge... no diff.

Ernest1

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, this kid looks nothing at all like the kid with the afro in the other videos.

Anonymous said...

"""""The boy, who authorities only named publicly as Edgar, was arrested Thursday with a 19-year-old sister, Elizabeth Jimenez Lugo, as they tried to board a plane to Tijuana in an airport near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City."""""

Funny, because the video shows a poor neighborhood in Mexico...at night...so they were arrested at the airport, brouhgt to that neighborhood later that evening and called the Mexican media for interviews...why they didn't hold the press conference at the airport hours after he was detained??? FISHY

Buela said...

Meanwhile...back at Rancho Ponchis...

His mother and father were in San Diego court yesterday..yes you heard correctly, the press shy father the other half of the amazing gene pool that runs through the little bastard. Seems it turns out DRUGS or the liking of it is a family indulgence. These people- (?) were in court before for being in the company of rock cocaine.....read this--------

San Diego County court records show that in 1997, a year after Edgar was born, Yolanda Jimenez Lugo and co-defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possessing rock cocaine with the intent to sell. Both were sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation-------

ok Hussy back...now

..take a deep breath, sit down....here is the remainder of the little tidbit...

ICE (ineptitude at the highest) gave them a pass --administration amnesty & did not ask immigration to enforce the laws and kick their sorry nalgas out of the country...

But wait! good news---

El Ponchis, the 14 year old hit man for a Mexican cartel, may not qualify for the DREAM Act, as he appears to be an anchor baby of a Mexican illegal alien drug dealer.

Anonymous said...

Logan Heights has ties with the Tijuana Cartel. Logan Heights has trained hitmen within them who were trained to be their armed guards.

Anonymous said...

They made a confusion on the articles the afro kid is "El Cris" Cristian Garcia Martinez, another hitman. This is "El Ponchis" and they took him to that alley probably because they had to rough him up a bit. You know, beat the crap out of him.

They should've killed him, instead they let him talk and then walk in 3 years. Do you actually think this kid is gonna come out of jail and finish school!? No! He's just gonna keep doing the only thing he KNOWS how to do: KILL!

He says that they MADE him do it, that they drugged him and he didn't know what he was doing but that is just bullcrap!

He was a hitman and he enjoyed it. He has two sisters which were involved in the same cartel. The sister disposed of the bodies. And there is no way that if you they have you like a prisoner doing drugs and killing people, they're gonna let you visit your mommy (which is a rlly fkkd up btch!).

Hope they all DIE and burn in hell!

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