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Alleged drug dealer, 20, 'is related to at least 79 murders': Mexico official

MEXICO CITY - A 20-year-old man has admitted to killing 45 people, and is being investigated for 34 more, according to Mexican officials.

Juan Pablo Vazquez was caught earlier this month in in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey where he was allegedly selling drugs, Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said. 

Vazquez, who said he was part of an unidentified local organized crime group, has already admitted being behind 45 killings and "is related to at least 79 murders, most of them committed in 2012," Domene told a news conference on Thursday.

Mexico has suffered from a wave of drug-related violence, with about 1,000 people a month dying in gangland killings. About 80,000 people have died since 2007 in cartel violence.