Mother of Alleged Assassin Gets Bail

Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Mom of Alleged Teen Assassin Charged in SD

Steven Luke reports

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Mom of Alleged Teen Assassin Charged in SD

The mother of a local teenager accused of beheadings in Mexico has been charged in San Diego with entering the United States illegally.
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A federal judge in San Diego has set bail at $20,000 for the mother of an alleged child assassin accused of working for drug cartels in Mexico.

Yolanda Lugo Jimenez did not enter a plea Friday to charges of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested her Monday at her apartment in San Diego's Logan Heights neighborhood.

A public defender says Lugo is self-employed and earns about $300 a month.

The 43-year-old Mexican citizen was deported from San Diego in 1997 after pleading guilty to possessing rock cocaine.

Her 14-year-old son, called El Ponchis, was arrested last week as he tried to board a plane to Tijuana in an airport near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City. Authorities say he planned to meet his mother in San Diego.

Border Patrol agents arrested Yolanda Lugo Jimenez, 43, on Monday night at her San Diego home, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday. Jimenez allegedly told agents she is a Mexican citizen and not allowed to be in the United States.
 

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