Police in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey say they have arrested a female assassin implicated in 20 murders for the feared Zetas drug cartel.
Maria Jimenez was presented to media alongside suspected fellow gang members. The gang allegedly controls 14 drug selling hotspots in Monterey's metropolitan area.
According to authorities, Jimenez, 26, was paid about $1,700 per month to kill her victims, who included rival drug traffickers and a police officer.
She faces murder, car theft and kidnapping charges..
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SECURITY SPOKESPERSON FOR NUEVO LEON STATE, JORGE DOMENE, SAYING:
"The capture of a gang related to organized criminals known as the Zetas. This capture, (this gang), is led by someone called "La Tosca" (The rough one) who confessed to committing at least 20 murders as well as kidnappings and car thefts. The capture followed an operation by the police for the Guadalupe municipality together with state investigation (officials) on May 1."
Mexican police have arrested other female assassins but few have been suspected of so many killings.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters
Suspected female assassin under arrest in Mexico (1:35)
May 8 - Mexican police say female Zetas member confesses to 20 killings. Deborah Lutterbeck reports ( Transcript )