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Police investigating shooting at San Antonio home uncover sinister cartel kidnapping plot

December 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police investigating shooting at San Antonio home uncover sinister cartel kidnapping plot

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Law enforcement officials are still investigating the shooting of two men at a San Antonio house where Mexican cartel gunmen were holding three Mexican immigrants hostage.

The gunfire occurred on early Thursday morning when San Antonio Police had dispatched to a home and discovered the body of a man and a second victim. Authorities also learned that three men were being held for ransom.

KENS5, a San Antonio CBS affiliate, reported that 22-year-old Ramiro Lopez was brought to a nearby hospital for a gunshot wound to his hand. He is facing aggravated kidnapping charges.

Lopez, the murdered victim, and a third man, who has yet to be apprehended, were allegedly holding three people from Mexico hostage. The three abduction victims reportedly told officials that they were taken by members of a Mexican drug cartel from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, were smuggled into the U.S., and then taken to the residence in San Antonio. Once they arrived, the men were forced to call their family members for ransom payments.

Gunshot victim turned suspect Ramiro Lopez was arrested in a kidnapping plot linked to a Mexican criminal organization in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

On Friday, the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Texas Rangers, apprehended 22-year-old Lisandro Lopez from Rio Grande City for his role in the ongoing kidnapping probe. It is unclear if the arrest and raid in Rio Grande City (RGC) are linked with the abduction case in San Antonio. Police raided Lopez’s home while also executing a search warrant associated with a triple kidnapping investigation.

According to KSAT, Lopez is the son of Municipal RGC Court Judge Leo “Pino” Lopez and Letty Lopez, a member of the RGC Independent School District Board. Lisandro Lopez has been arrested prior for drug charges. That particular case is still pending.

Although records filed in San Antonio regarding the kidnapping and murder case do not name the criminal organization involved, Nuevo Laredo is considered the home for two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel.

The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of the Los Zetas has been engulfed in a turf war with Vieja Escuela Z. Various groups within the Gulf Cartel have sided with Vieja Escuela in an attempt to overtake CDN territories.

The ongoing violence has resulted in near daily kidnappings, gun battles, and executions throughout the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila.

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