"I spent two months training and I only been working as a sicaria for three to four days," said Maria Celeste, a 16 years old, between smiles. "I'm sicaria for the Zetas," she said.
The criminal career of the girl was cut short last Tuesday when she participated in two shootouts against state police in the community known as La Lobera, in the municipality of San Cristobal de la Barranca, which borders the state of Zacatecas. Six of her colleagues were killed and she was arrested along with nine other gunmen, most between 16 and 21 years of age.
When she related of what happened during the training days, she explained: "I managed the "cuerno" (AK-47), the "erre" (AR-15) and "cortas" (handguns of different calibers)."
On Tuesday night the 10 suspects were presented to media in the premises of the Ministry of Public Security of the State in Guadalajara.
Simply put, the juvenile native of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, talked about how she got started in this criminal organization.
"I was invited by some friends who went to work with Los Zetas," she said while emphasizing that she was not forced to be part of Los Zeats.
Patiently she told that her training carried out by former military commandos consisted of physical training and the handling of weapons, although she acknowledged that she was not taught how to use grenades.
Running out of words and with a facial expression of concern occasionally smiling, Maria Celeste was resigned to the possibility of being prosecuted, perhaps for the crimes of possession and carrying of weapons only authorized by the military and crimes related to organized crime, along with others they may bring up.
She made it cleared that during her training and days prior, in her role as sicaria she had not yet killed.
A "halcon" of 21 years of age:
Another of the detainees was Beatrice, a 21 years old from Xalapa, Veracruz, who in her capacity of the criminal organization of Los Zetas she was supposedly responsible for monitoring the movement of authorities, in essence, she was an "halcon." She belongs to a criminal cell based in Zacatecas where eight other women work.
"They would pay me 4,000 pesos every other week in Fresno for about a year. I work for the commander Centeno," she said quietly.
About what happened Tuesday in the town of San Cristobal de la Barranca, she had this to say: "We were coming from Fresno and we stopped at La Lobera to rest. We then headed toward Florence to fight the Gulf cartel. Here we just stopped to rest, because those were the instructions we received."
Her assignment was not fulfilled. The 10 people apprehended were in possession of four trucks, two of them were armored, an M-60 machine gun, six AR-15 rifles, two AK-47 rifles, a 9mm handgun, a grenade launcher, two hand grenades, camouflage uniforms, 36 magazines and about 500 round of ammunition of different calibers.
The women being detained acknowledged their involvement in organized crime and that it had been profitable for them.
Maria Guadalupe Sandoval, who wore military-style clothing, said that she received 12,000 pesos a month, more than the others because she knew how to handle weapons and for having some experienced in shootings.