Mexico City Mexican authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy nicknamed “El Chapito” on drug-related charges that killed eight people near Mexico City, the federal security agency said Thursday. The boy reportedly rode a motorcycle and opened fire on a family in the low-income Mexico City suburb of Chimalhuacan.
Another man was also arrested in the Jan. 22 murders, and seven other members of the gang were arrested on drug charges.
The victim was having a party at his home at the time of the attack. Five adults and two children were also injured. I think it was a birthday party.
The boy’s name has not been released, but his nickname, “Little Chapo,” apparently refers to an imprisoned drug lord. Joaquin “El Chapo” GuzmanEl Chapo is serving a life sentence in Colorado’s “Supermax” maximum security prison. Conviction for 2019 Charges include drug trafficking, money laundering and weapons-related crimes.
The motive for the killing has not been revealed, but Mexican drug cartels frequently resort to kidnappings and contract killings. They also kill rivals selling drugs in their territory and people who owe them money.
Mexico is no stranger to child killers.
In 2010, soldiers detained a 14-year-old boy nicknamed “El Ponchis.” The boy claimed he was kidnapped when he was 11 years old and was forced to work for the South Pacific Cartel, a branch of the Leyva gang, after being sacked by Bertrand. He said he participated in at least four beheadings.
After his arrest, the boy, whom authorities identified only by his first name, Edgar, told reporters he was drugged and threatened with crime.
Also on Thursday, prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said they had arrested a woman in connection with up to nine murders in the border city of Mexicali.
The state prosecutor’s office said the woman has outstanding warrants for two murders but was named in investigations into seven other murders. Authorities have not released a motive for the killings.
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