Cartel hitman testifies to over 800 murders and daily quotas

A cartel hitman has testified that he has killed over 800 people and he also claims that the Juarez cartel had daily murder quotas

By John Vibes

TEXAS (INTELLIHUB) — During the trial of cartel boss Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, his former hitman, Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, admitted to killing over 800 people and claimed that the cartel had a daily murder quota. Castrellon was the boss of the Barrio Azteca Gang, a division of the Juarez cartel.

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.

Castillo said that he is not sure exactly how many people he killed, only that he “stopped counting at 800”.  It is interesting to point out that Castillo is likely just one of many cartel hitmen, meaning that the number of murders overall is far higher.

According to Fox, it could be impossible to ever find out how many murders the Barrio Azteca Gang is responsible for. Although it is revealing 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.

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