Women With Guns--Mexican Cartels Recruit Female Assassins

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In Mexico, young girls and women work as look-outs and even soldiers for criminal syndicates, reports Frontera NorteSur.

Jalisco police recently presented to the media three alleged female spies and assassins who were tied to the Zetas organization. The young women were arrested following two shootouts June 14 with Jalisco state and municipal police that left six suspected Zetas dead and 10 others arrested, almost all of them between 16 and 21 years of age.

Maria Celeste, a 16-year-old from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, was reportedly fresh out of boot camp. The teen told reporters she had received a two-month training course conducted by former military personnel in the handling of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, but had not yet been instructed in the use of grenades.

“I was invited by some friends who were going to work for the Zetas,” she said.

A 21-year-old identified as Beatriz Hernandez said she was part of an eight-woman cell tasked with monitoring authorities on behalf of the Zetas. Another 21-year-old detainee, Maria Guadalupe Sandoval, was paraded before the media dressed in military-style clothing.

According to Sandoval, her knowledge of weaponry and previous combat experience netted a monthly salary of about one thousand dollars. Mexico’s current daily minimum wage is about five dollars, and jobs paying more than three daily minimum wages can be very scarce in Jalisco and Zacatecas.

Within the past two years, stories of female hit squads have also surfaced in Ciudad Juarez to the north. According to one press account, dozens of female killers were in the employ of La Linea, an organization which is now said to be aligned with the Zetas.