By Nick Valencia
Mexican federal police interrupted a weekend massacre-in-the-making in a Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, motel and captured two hit men working for a major cartel in the city, a spokesman for the federal police told CNN Monday.
"We received an anonymous tip that these men were sequestering a group of 11 in a motel," federal police spokesman Ramon Salinas said. "We acted on the tip and were able to catch them in the act of a massacre at a motel party."
The men were planning to kill a group of 11 youths and managed to kill one of them before police arrived, according to Salinas, who described the 11 only as young people, without specifying ages or sexes.
Police said they arrested two hit men who were working for La Linea, known in the Juarez area as the enforcement arm for the Juarez drug cartel. The group is mainly comprised of corrupt police officers and members of local gangs who have pledged allegiance to the Juarez Cartel.
"They had a group of young people ready to execute and we stopped them," Salinas said. "This is a big victory for the police and for the citizens of Juarez who are sending our department information about organized criminals," he added.
In January of 2010, 15 youths at a party in southern Juarez were killed after gunmen acting on bad intelligence opened fire on the group.