Tuesday, July 19, 2011

El Ponchis, South Pacific Cartel Infamous Teenage Killer Goes On Trial In Juvenile Mexican Court

Edgar Jiménez Lugo

El Ponchis facing five years in juvenile detention for cocaine possession, illegal possession of weapons exclusively used by the military, delinquency and organized crime, crimes against the public health, kidnappings, multiple tortures, including homicides and decapitations.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 19, 2011

Miacatlán, Morelos, Mexico - On Monday, the infamous Edgar Jiménez Lugo, 14, aka, "El Ponchis," also known as the child executioner for the South Pacific Cartel (SPC) went on trial in the Mexican juvenile justice system. Lugo admitted, he was born in San Diego, California and was being raised by his grandmother in Mexico. The U.S. State Department hasn't released a statement confirming Lugo as a U.S. Citizen. He is charged in the state of Morelos with multiple murders, torture, kidnappings, crimes against the public health, possession of cocaine, including marijuana, possession of weapons reserved for the military only, and decapitations while he worked for the cartel.
The trial will take between a week to several weeks and at least 60 witnesses are scheduled to take the stand, according to Juan Carlos Castro, spokesperson for the Morelos State Unitary Tribunal for Juveniles (UTJ).
On December 2, he was taken into custody at the Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca, Morelos by the Mexican military while boarding a flight to Tijuana along with one of his sisters. Military police found two weapons, including a semi-automatic 9mm handgun on Lugo's luggage, small bags of cocaine and marijuana were found on Lugo and cell phones with photos of his victims while being tortured and killed, according to the preliminary arrest report.
Two of Lugo's sisters, Elizabeth Jiménez Lugo, 19, and Lina Éricka Jiménez Lugo, 23, were also taken into custody. Lugo and one of his sisters were trying to flee into the U.S. by crossing into San Diego from Tijuana. El Ponchis alleged mother, Yolanda Jiménez Lugo who lived in San Diego was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after he was arrest. Her husband, Gabriel Manuel Aguirre was arrested along with Yolanda. She has two children with Aguirre.
In 1997, Yolanda was convicted on one count for possession and intent to distribute cocaine. She served 90 days in jail and was given three years probation, but was deported, according to court records in San Diego County.
El Ponchis and his sisters resided in Tejalpa, within the municipality of Jiutepec. He worked under Jusús Radilla Hernández or Julio Jesús Padilla Hernández, aka, "E Negro," leader of the SPC who is wanted by the Mexican government. One of Lugo's sister is expecting a child from El Negro.
El Ponchis confessed to killing at least four people in Cuernavaca and hanging some of the corpses in a local bridge. He told authorities that he was kidnapped at the age of 11, then was forced to take drugs and threaten to be killed by El Negro, if he didn't torture, killed and decapitate his victims, according to the criminal complaint.
The trial is taking place behind closed doors and numerous witnesses, including investigators are expected to testify against Lugo. The trial has been closed to the media and public due to security reasons, according to Ana Virginia Pérez, Chief Magistrate Justice for the UTJ.
If convicted, Lugo is facing up to five years in juvenile detention. Mexico has no severe federal penalties for juveniles accused of felony murder and other serious crimes.

Outdoor news conference in December between Edgar Jiménez Lugo, aka, El Ponchis and reporters at posted link: http://bit.ly/ekkHAQ

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