Chief Hitman Dies in Shootout in Mexico

By Dialogo
February 28, 2011

A former police officer from the state of Chihuahua (in northern Mexico), who became a chief hitman in the service of drug traffickers and to whom around a hundred murders are attributed, died in a shootout, the local public prosecutor’s office and the federal Attorney General’s Office announced on 24 February.

Luis Humberto Peralta Hernández, forty-four years old, who was an “important leader” in the La Línea [The Line] criminal organization, considered an armed wing of the Gulf cartel, died in a shootout that took place in Ciudad Juárez on 22 February, the two offices specified.

Peralta Hernández, who served as commander of the judicial police of Chihuahua until March 2009, was believed responsible for at least ninety-six homicides as part of the Juárez cartel’s settling of accounts with rival groups.

Peralta Hernández’s body was identified by the authorities on the afternoon of 23 February.

The authorities were offering a reward equivalent to around 400,000 dollars for the arrest of the chief hitman.

Ciudad Juárez, which has 1.3 million inhabitants and is located on the border with the United States, across from El Paso, Texas, is the Juárez cartel’s chief center of operations. In 2010, more than 3,100 violent deaths were recorded in the city, considered Mexico’s most violent.