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Mexican authorities capture fearsome cartel leader dubbed ‘Queen of the South’ in Puebla

June 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities capture fearsome cartel leader dubbed ‘Queen of the South’ in Puebla

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Authorities in Mexico captured Liliana Hernández Carlos, a fearsome cartel leader dubbed ‘The Queen of the South’ who led a criminal band of fuel pipeline thieves, drug traffickers, and assassins, during an operation in Puebla.

Liliana Hernández Carlos has been tied to the horrific discovery last week of human remains that had been consumed by dogs and the murders of a man and a 12-year-old girl in the Mexican city of Puebla, according to Infobae.

The young girl had been shot five times.

In the case of the first slaying, a message was left behind at the scene of the crime that stated: “This is so you learn not to interfere with the Queen of the South.”

Authorities also arrested four others who were with Hernández.

The “Queen of the South” came to power after the death of Jesús Martín “Kalimba” Mirón López, a top leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who was executed last October.

Mirón was being sought after by security forces but was killed in an internal power struggle within the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. At the time of his killing in Puebla, he was recuperating from surgery that had reconstructed his face and removed his fingerprints.

The power vacuum was quickly filled by Hernández who took over the theft of fuel in the municipality of Santa María Xonacatepec.

State officials said she oversaw drug sales in the southern part of Puebla, which resulted in her adopting her nickname, a reference to the principal character in a book and TV crime series of the same name.

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