Cartel Killer, A Suspect In 62 Homicides, Is Arrested

Posted: 06/24/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT


Mexican federal police arrested a man suspected in at least 62 homicides after a shooting in Juárez, officials said Wednesday.

Two other alleged hit men were also arrested.

The arrests were made Tuesday after police on patrol west of downtown heard gunshots, found a young man shot in the chest and soon stopped the attackers’ car as they tried to speed away.

Police found two .45-caliber handguns in the car.

The shooting victim, identified as 17-year-old José Contreras Hernández, died that afternoon at a hospital.

Police arrested Jesús Enrique Murillo García, 18, Luis Adrián Fernández Mercado, 20, and Sergio Estrada Estrada, 24.

Federal police officials said that intelligence reports show Murillo, nicknamed “El Piwi,” could be associated with La Linea, or Juárez drug cartel.

Murillo is suspected of being linked to at least 62 homicides since July 2009, including 47 muders this year.

According to police, Murillo worked for the cartel for 3,000 pesos a week (about 240 U.S. dollars).

The shooting was part of another violent day in what has been described as the world’s most dangerous city.

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