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HomeBreaking NewsMexican kingpin ‘El Neto’ killed by military days after prison break

Mexican kingpin ‘El Neto’ killed by military days after prison break

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Mexico City, Mexico — A Mexican cartel leader was killed Thursday morning after being on the run for four days following a prison break that left 19 people dead. 

Ernesto Alfredo Piñon de la Cruz, alias “El Neto,” was killed in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua near the United States border by Mexican authorities following a brief shootout.

“During the early hours of this Thursday, thanks to the intelligence team of the state prosecutor’s office and in coordination with the three orders of government, ‘El Neto’ was located, pursued, and he was injured but on the way (to the state prosecutor’s offices) lost his life,” Chihuahua state governor Maru Campos said on Twitter.

New Year’s prison break 

On January 1, armed men in an armored vehicle unleashed an assault on a prison in Ciudad Juárez. They shot at correctional officers who gave chase, killing two of the attackers. 

Minutes later, according to Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval, shooting and rioting began in the prison, resulting in the deaths of 19 people, including 10 police officers, seven inmates and the two attackers. 

Thirteen more people were injured and 30 inmates reportedly escaped, including “El Neto,” leader of “Los Mexicles,” a criminal organization active in the region. 

Authorities believe the attack could have been organized specifically to spring “El Neto” from prison. 

El Neto

“El Neto” was identified for the first time in 2007 by Mexican authorities, who singled him out as the leader of a kidnapping ring in Ciudad Juarez when he was just 18 years old. 

In 2010, at 21 years old, he was sentenced to 224 years in prison for homicide and kidnapping. “El Neto ” spent 12 years locked up in the Centro de Reinserción Social Numero 3 penitentiary (CERESO

Mexico City, Mexico — A Mexican cartel leader was killed Thursday morning after being on the run for four days following a prison break that left 19 people dead. Ernesto Alfredo Piñon de la Cruz, alias “El Neto,” was killed in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua near the United States border by Mexican authorities following a brief shootout. “El Neto” was identified for the first time in 2007 by Mexican authorities, who singled him out as the leader of a kidnapping ring in Ciudad Juarez when he was just 18 years old.

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