Mexican Army detains 14-year-old suspected killer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) – A Mexican state governor says a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for drug gangs is a U.S. citizen.

Morelos Gov. Marco Adame Castillo says the 14-year-old was born in San Diego, California.

Castillo said Friday officials are researching whether he is a citizen of Mexico as well. Although state courts handle crimes by juveniles in Mexico, state authorities have asked the federal government to take over the case because of the gravity of his crimes.

The teen, nicknamed “El Ponchis,” told reporters early Friday he has worked for a drug cartel since he was 11 and has participated in at least four decapitations.

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