Mexican Drug Boss: I Ordered 1,500 Murders

'El Diego' led notorious La Linea cartel in Juarez
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 33, allegedly the leader of the La Linea drug cartel, is presented to the media by federal police officers in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – A suspected drug cartel leader arrested in Mexico has confessed to ordering the killings of 1,500 people, reports the BBC. Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, also known as El Diego, is the 33-year-old leader of the Juarez cartel La Linea, according to police. He's also suspected of planning a notorious car bomb attack that killed four people, and the 2010 killing of a US consulate worker and her husband. Juarez, on the border with Texas, is the most violent city in Mexico, with more than 3,000 killings last year.

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