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Mother of alleged cartel hitman arrested in San Diego

December 8, 2010 |  7:26 pm

The mother of a 14-year-old San Diego-born boy suspected of being a hitman for a Mexican cartel has been arrested in San Diego.

Yolanda Jimenez Lugo, 43, was arrested by Border Patrol agents at her home on a charge of being a deported alien who returned illegally to the U.S. According to court documents, she was deported in 1997.

Also arrested was her husband, Gabriel Aguirre-Manuel. The couple married in 2008. There is no indication that he is the father of 14-year-old Edgar Jimenez Lugo, the accused hitman now in jail in Mexico.

A document on file at the San Diego County county clerk's office lists the boy's birth date as 1996 in San Diego. He was arrested as he sought to board an airplane to Tijuana.


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