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Federal Judge Sentences 5 Texas Gang Members For Kidnapping Woman Ordered By Los Zetas

May 30, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal Judge Sentences 5 Texas Gang Members For Kidnapping Woman Ordered By Los Zetas

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Five people, including Four men and one woman from Laredo, Texas have been sentenced to federal prison in connection a kidnapping ordered by the ruthless Los Zetas Cartel.

The five people reportedly kidnaped a woman at gunpoint and attempted to kidnap her daughter over missing drug money.

The Zetas ordered the kidnapping after $2 million of the cartel’s cash, en route from Chicago to a Laredo, was stolen by the courier responsible for taking the money across the border to Nuevo Laredo.

According to the U.S. District Attorney Office, the cartel found the courier and three of his family members, and “planned to pick them all up and kill them if he did not return the money.”

“The kidnapping was ordered by Los Zetas in retribution for a money load alleged to have been stolen,” according to the Federal Prosecutor.

Police in Laredo responded to a house on the 1300 block of Eisetter Stree on the night of September 19, 2010. A 14-year-old girl alerted them that a group of gunmen – who turned out to be members of the gang Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos contracted by the Los Zetas – had kidnaped her mother. The girl told police they attempted to kidnap her too, but she managed to escape.

Laredo Police and Federal agents tracked the woman to the house of 33-year-old Efrain Garza, where he and 35-year-old Grace Diaz Martinez held the woman, who was blindfolded the woman and her hand bound by duct tape.

Police caught Garza, Martinez, and Ernesto Zaragoza Solis,31 in possession of firearms and with the woman, held captive. Law Enforcement agencies later apprehended 38-year-old Pablo Cerda on conspiracy to kidnap charges.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana sentenced the group to prison this week for their roles in the kidnapping. Garza received 37 years and three months in prison. Zaragoza Solis received a 30-year sentence while Martinez received a 4-year prison sentence. Cerda will spend 16 years in prison. Saldana also sentenced 52-year-old Nicolas Sanchez to 10 years in prison for his role as an arms smuggler for the Zetas.

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