Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hit-woman arrested in Mexico – assassin said to have killed 20 people for drug cartel

Mexican police have arrested a hit-woman said to have killed 20 people for a feared drug cartel.

Reuters reports that Maria Jimenez was paid about $1,700 a month to kill rival traffickers and a police officer. She was arrested in the northern city of Monterrey and has, apparently, confessed to the murders and other crimes.

Other female assassins have been arrested in Mexico but few have been implicated in so many killings.

There have been more than 50,000 drug-related murders in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and launched an offensive against the cartels.


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