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Monday, March 22, 2021

Mexico City: Like the CJNG, La Unión Tepito Also Employs Children

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Mexico City's La Union Tepito gang now uses children for their criminal activities

During the weekend, a 16-year-old young man, identified as Dayron Alejandro, an alleged member of La Unión Tepito, was shot and killed ... He is not the only one, La Unión Tepito already employs children and they kill them.

According to the information, Dayron was 16 years old and threatened by his enemies, this Saturday they carried out their threats and killed him. Dayron is not alone.

El Dither

Dither Yareth Martínez, 18 years old, has been a member of La Unión Tepito for several years, he started when he was still a child and thus climbed the organization’s chart.

El Huguito

Víctor Hugo Ávila Ramírez, alias El Huguito, is one of the most wanted criminals in Mexico City. He started in the group since he was a minor.

El Irving

Irving Jonathan Herrera Sánchez alias El Irving from La Unión was arrested on August 11 in the Santa María la Rivera neighborhood; who also belongs to the group since he was a child.

El Alexis

Alexis Martinez Martínez alias El Alexis, joined the group before he was 18 years old, he climbed as a debit card counterfeiter, until a few days ago he was killed, as reported by Borderland Beat.

Mazahua children

After the terrible murder of Héctor Efraín and Alan Yahir, rumors spread that they had connections with members of La Unión Tepito and La Fuerza Anti-Unión with whom they dispute control of extortion and drug sales in the Historic Center.


A 17-year-old minor was attacked with gunfire on July 2020, in the streets of Jesús Carranza and Mariano Matamoros, in Tepito. He was from La Unión and lost his life.

Sharbel Michel, Kanon Cruz and Luis Sanabria

A few months ago, three young men were detained after they shot at policemen in the Venustiano Carranza neighborhood, it was said they belong to La Unión.

Why Children?

The Union recruits and hires children for 5,000 pesos. According to the information, in the Tepito neighborhood, there are minors who serve as guards for the criminal group La Unión.

They are paid up to 5,000 pesos to take photos and report on the movements of people and police.

The children are recruited as lookouts and the "bosses" send them to watch key points in the area to control.

The mission of the children is to pretend that they’re playing with their cell phones. They take photos of people who aren’t locals as well as vehicles and their license plates.

Source: Letra Roja


  1. What a surprise...

    Don’t forget the leniency during sentencing minors in Mexico.

    A minor can technically murder however many people they want, and they will STILL be released from jail at 18 years old.

    I can’t believe how old this ridiculous law is, especially considering what’s been going on in the past ~20 years.

    1. It’s crazy how 15 years ago or so there were only a few known cases. I think Ponchito from the TJ área was the first main child. But then a lot followed suit. Mini 6 from Sinaloa being the one that made this narco stuff “cool” among kids.

  2. Unfortunately, it’s not only those two groups that use children. All crime groups in Mexico use them 😞

    1. It’s an epidemic. South Africa is famous for that shit too. It’s disgraceful! Central America is the same thing!

    2. In Los Angeles gangs in the 80s and 90s used kids as lookouts too.

  3. This is NOT new zetas and CDS also hire LITTLE kids..
    It's a SHAME.. CARTEL land..
    They join THINKING they will be OLD enough and powerful as MENCHO or CHAPO but most THOSE KIDS WON'T even make it to REACH 19..

  4. In Latin America you see it a lot in Brazil. The pioneers of it.

    Not sure if FARC too. Maybe someone knows more and can confirm?

    1. Yea brazil was famous for this shit! CV,PCC,they all use kids for their criminal activities

  5. Donde está el puto gobierno? No mamen chingado! Mi querido Mexico necesita un bloque de búsqueda y un grupo como los pepes. Pero que empiezen con los putos políticos! Me da tristeza y rabia al mismo tiempo. En que clase de gente nos hemos convertido?

    1. Hell Look at E..L.A. in Calif.
      or New York and all cities in between

      Its all over the world
      I think stealing a child to work for you is worst (Africa)
      No child needs this

    2. Los PEPES, PErseguidos por Pablo Escobar were one more invention of AUC, Autodefensas Unidas de Alvaro Uribe Velez, the Ubérrimo Queen of Venezuela who also got his daddy murdered and he blamed it on guerrillas and drug traffickers...with which he also worked, and his giniral oscar naranjas also went to michoacan to organize the autodefensas for EPN after FECAL HAD SET THE TEMPLARIOS ON BUSINESS THERE.
      with all due respect, madam chena, fidel castro's militias like MAO's Red Guards did a much better job of public security and they done did it for free.
      They also took care of corrupt politicos, businessmen and professionals, many of them got sent to rehabilitation camps before a firing squad.

    3. El Gobierno? Si tu piensas que el gobierno es la respuesta, ya perdiste la batalla. Donde estan los padres, donde esta el pueblo, donde esta la gente unida?

    4. 10:52 - You might be right. My point is that something has to be done because the government obviously isn’t going to do anything. So, whether it’s los pepes, the Cuban MAO Red Guards, even the avengers- someone was to stop this greed, murder, and inhumanity!!!

  6. Kids with parents, aunts, uncles, etc in the game-thats what they learn. Kids with no home have to survive.

  7. Only in mexico and USA being in gang are cool. The consequences are dangerous of being head blown off or decapitated.

    1. Upon getting to 18 years old, young offenders should transfer to adult prisons to get their lost cherries popped again, they usually get raped in juvenile prisons, i am sure that contributes to the corrupting of young boys and girls in junior highs all over the US with adults running the BS all over.


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