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Zetas cartel kidnapping recently deported Mexicans for ransom

December 28, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Zetas cartel kidnapping recently deported Mexicans for ransom

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Gunmen with Mexico’s brutal Los Zetas cartel have been kidnapping people after they were deported from Texas.

Four Mexican nationals who were deported by U.S. authorities from Laredo, Texas, went to the bus station in Nuevo Laredo to purchase tickets to get back to their hometowns when a crew of armed Zetas cartel operatives abducted them at gunpoint, according to Breitbart Texas.

The men were held for ransom until authorities and the Mexican army raided the home where the victims were being held.

The rescue mission was launched after officials received an anonymous call about men being held for ransom at a home in the city’s Los Garza neighborhood.

During the operation, law enforcement apprehended one gunman who was in charge of supervising the men–he has been identified as Juan Carlos and is also believed to be the man who had been making the ransom requests.

A video of the kidnapping victims thanking the soldiers was published by El Universal.

Nuevo Laredo has been a region controlled by the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of the Los Zetas for years.

The criminal group has been responsible for all of the kidnappings, drug smuggling, human trafficking, extortions, and killings in the region.

Rival factions of the Los Zetas, known as the Old School Zetas have been making a attempts to surmount the CDN for control of the region. The fight over drug smuggling corridors into the U.S. has resulted in near-daily violence throughout the border states of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon.

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