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Mexico Holds Teen Suspected Of Life As Drug-Cartel Killer

A 14-year-old boy suspected of acting as a drug-cartel assassin has been taken into custody by the Mexican government, according to an army official there.

The alleged killer, rumored to go by the nickname "El Ponchis," was thought to be working for Mexico's South Pacific Cartel. The AP reports that he told authorities he had worked for the cartel since he was 11 and had participated in a number of killings.

"I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged andunder threat that if I didn't, they would kill me,'' said the teen,who appeared calm and showed no remorse."

The boy is reported to have been trying to flee Mexico with an older sister, possibly trying to get to their mother in San Diego, when he was detained by the Mexican Army in Cuernavca.



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