Teenage Cartel Hitman Killed by Mexican Police in Shootout
At around noon on Tuesday, August 27, Juanito Pistola, also known as Commander Little, and six other members of Hell’s Troop were ordered to ambush police in the town of Nuevo Laredo, a smuggling gateway.
Dressed in military clothing and armed with rifles, they traveled in a van and ended up in a gunfight with police officers near the airport.
Pistola was killed in grisly fashion: the police’s superior high caliber rounds made a mess of the troop’s bodies, practically taking the teen’s head off in the process.
Another four members of Hell’s Troop, a wing of the notorious Northeast Cartel (CDN), were killed in clashes with the Tamaulipas Police.
Media reports that Pistola was previously arrested by police in 2015, however, he was released due to only being 13-years-old at the time.
According to local media, the vehicle Pistola died in had been used in a previous attack on police several days prior.
Local social media videos and rap songs refer to Pistola as being a hitman in the ranks of the CDN since he was just 13 – it’s said that cartels regularly hire minors to work as drug smugglers.
Due to numerous international bridges and its extremely close proximity to the US, Nuevo Laredo is a key location for the cartels.
Unfortunately, the town has borne witness to a number of gun battles between gangs and police in recent weeks – according to Telemundo, a policeman has been killed and two others injured.
Formerly known as Los Zetas, CDN have controlled the town of Nuevo Laredo since 2004 after a bloody war with the rival Sinaloa cartel.
The fight between the two groups lasted more than a year and resulted in the death of 2,000 people, while 1,000 others are still missing.
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