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Mexican hitman committed 800 MURDERS -- before he stopped counting

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 13th, 2014
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A Mexican drug cartel hitman has told jurors that he stopped keeping track of the number of people he killed after his tally reached 800. The testimony was heard in a murder trial of an alleged Mexican drug cartel enforcer.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In testimony against his former boss, Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, star witness Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo revealed a most gruesome tale. Castrellon is accused of growing the Barrio Azteca gang from a Texas prison gang into the band of contract killers for one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels, the Juarez Cartel.

Chavez told the jury that he had a daily murder quota he was expected to meet to intimidate the police, elected officials and the public at large.

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Under Castrellon's iron fist, Chavez says he helped earn Juarez, Mexico, the title of "Murder Capital of the World" by killing thousands of people over a four-year period while working for the cartel.

The manner in which Chavez killed his prey has been described as both brutal and shocking.

Chavez claimed that he often beheaded or dismembered his victims as a means to impress his boss, Castrellon. The goal of each murder, he testified, was to make it as violent as possible so "that it would be big news.

"I feel I did the right thing, since I did so much wrong," Chavez said in court, explaining why he was now testifying against his former boss, according to Fox News.

Castrellon is on trial for ordering the murders of U.S. Consulate worker Lesley Enriquez, her husband, El Paso County Sheriff's Officer Arthur Redfels, and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, husband of another consulate employee on March 13, 2010.

The victims were all gunned down after they left a children's party. The couple's one-year-old baby was found unharmed in the back seat of their car.

The victims were believed mistaken for rival gang members who mistook the white Honda Pilot in which they were riding for that of a rival cartel member from the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Sinaloa cartel eventually won the war and control of the drug-trade route through El Paso and the surrounding areas.

It would be virtually impossible to ever find out how many murders the Barrio Azteca Gang is responsible for. One sign is that fact that after 35 members of the gang were arrested in 2010, the number of murders in Juarez fell from 3,622 in 2010 to 2,086 in 2011.

By 2012, the number of murders was down to 751 - a number that would have been unheard of just three years earlier, when Castrellon's gang was on the streets.

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