Juarez cartel lead hit man captured, faces extradition to US

AP/Houston Chronicle:

A former police officer who allegedly admits ordering 1,500 killings during a campaign of terror as a drug gang chieftain along the U.S. border has been captured in northern Mexico, federal officials said Sunday.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez also is a suspect in last year's slaying of a U.S. consulate employee near a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez.


Acosta, 33, was caught Friday in the northern city of Chihuahua along with his bodyguard, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the federal police anti-drug unit. Without offering details on the capture, he said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helped by providing information. Acosta's arrest was not confirmed until Sunday, just before officials displayed him to journalists in Mexico City.

There is much more. He apparently confessed to 1,500 killings including the hit on US consular officials that killed three. His contacts within the police force in Juarez made it a very dangerous occupation for the honest. A new police chief and former military man has taken over in Juarez who previously worked on cleaning up another major city on the border.


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