Teen cartel hit man’s mom in San Diego court

SAN DIEGO (BestGrowthStock) – The mother of a U.S. teen turned hit man for a Mexican drug cartel appeared in federal court in San Diego on Friday on a charge that she was in the United States illegally.

Yolanda Jimenez Lugo, 43, stood at a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks at which she confirmed her name. He set bond of $20,000, appointed her a lawyer and set a next court appearance for December 23.

Jimenez and her husband, Gabriel Aguirre Manuel, 46, were arrested by federal agents outside their home in San Diego on Monday.

Both are Mexican citizens. They face charges of illegally reentering the United States following previous deportation.

Jimenez’s U.S.-born son, Edgar, 14, was arrested in the central Mexican city of Cuernavaca last week as he boarded a flight bound for the border city of Tijuana, south of San Diego, with two of his sisters.

Dubbed “El Ponchis,” he admitted working as a killer for the South Pacific drug cartel near Mexico City.

He acknowledged carrying out at least seven murders, including several beheadings, while under the influence of drugs provided by a cartel leader.

He is currently being held in Mexico, where he has been contacted by U.S. consular services.

Almost 33,000 people have been killed in raging drug violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago, and vowed to crush powerful drug cartels.

Crimes committed by minors, ranging from shoplifting to murder, for the cartels have been on the rise across Mexico in the past year, according to state officials.

Parents in the violent border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana say children as young as eight want to grow up to be drug lords, as the thrills and wealth of the trafficking world touches their lives.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Teen cartel hit man’s mom in San Diego court