A sadistic drug-gang hitman is wanted for carrying out a series of horrific killings in Mexico -- and he's only 12 years old.
The boy -- known only as El Ponchis, or The Cloak -- is suspected to be the paid executioner for a cartel locked in a war for control of the lucrative cocaine trade. He is believed to have tortured and slaughtered dozens of gangland enemies.
The boy's trademark murders involve slitting the throats of victims with a deep cutting technique known as Degollar, which leaves the head hanging by a thread, and grisly videos circulating on the Internet show victims having their throats slashed.
Another clip shows him battering a man with a club bearing the initials SPC, short for South Pacific Drug Cartel.
The youthful killer, whose name is not known, was picked for his psychopathic brutality and child-like devotion to gang bosses. He works with a group of women called the Chavelas, believed by some to be his sisters.
"We understand El Ponchis works under the command of Julio Jesus Radilla, a drugs head in the State of Morelos," a Mexican army spokesman said. "El Ponchis, who is active in the town of Jiutepec, was identified during an investigation as the paid executioner of Radilla's enemies."
The SPC is allied with another cartel called The Zetas to fight for control of cocaine supply routes.