Francisco Miguel N., was arrested for carrying a loaded gun and drugs. He was under investigation for being involved in at least 50 killings while working for a drug gang.
He confessed that he worked as a hitman for the gang group known as Loz Mazatlecos, group linked to the Beltran Leyva drugs cartel. The 16-year-old said that he took part in executions of police, farmers, and even a musician since February.
The teen, whose nickname was "El Niño" or "The Boy," said his boss gave him a handgun and an AK-47 in doing his missions in Sinaloa.
Drug wars in Mexico had claimed thousands of lives over the years, including innocent children. It was also reported that many teenager have been captured working for drugs gangs.
President Calderon blamed for the drug violence in Mexico, his policies have reportedly strengthened the gangs and cartels instead of cracking down on them. “
A bit more than five years after Calderon ordered the militarization of the country, the criminal networks of five cartels — the Zetas, the Familia Michoacana, and the Sinaloa, Juarez, and Gulf Cartels — now dominate more than half of the national territory. This expansion has occurred despite the blows these organizations have suffered through arrests or deaths of their leaders,” war chronicler Ricardo Ravelo explained.
Sinaloa is home to the powerful drug cartel of the same name, led by Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman. Once allied to Guzman, the Beltran Leyva gang has fought with him since breaking from the Sinaloa cartel in 2008.