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Two suspects arrested in North Carolina kidnapping, beating linked to Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking ring

July 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two suspects arrested in North Carolina kidnapping, beating linked to Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking ring

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Two arrested in kidnapping linked to a Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking ring

Two suspects were taken into custody in connection with kidnappings linked to the Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking ring in Alamance County, North Carolina, police announced.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson revealed 20-year-old Alejandro Gonzales, 27-year-old Roberto Sanchez, and a third fifteen-year old victim, were in a driveway when the kidnapping took place.

According to Fox 8, the victims were sitting in Nissan Maxima driven Gonzales when they were kidnapped at gunpoint.

The teen and Mireles were let go soon after.

Deputies discovered Gonzales on Thursday in Lumberton. He was bound, beaten and unconscious inside of a mobile home.

Hector Manuel Lopez Jr. and Briana Lizeth Cardenas.

Police believe the case is linked to drug trafficking and involves the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.

Law enforcement officials said 23-year-old Hector Manuel Lopez Jr., was taken into custody and charged with four counts of kidnapping, robbery with firearms, one count of vehicle theft, trafficking in schedule II cocaine, and two counts of neglecting to appear in court.

The charges connected with the cocaine, a kidnapping, and failure to appear in court arise from a separate incident.

Kidnapping victim Alejandro Gonzales

Lopez Jr. was transported to the Alamance County Detention Center, where he remains in custody on a one million dollar bond.

Additionally, Briana Lizeth Cardenas, 19, was charged with three counts of accessory for kidnapping and robbery. Her bond is set for $250,000.

Authorities expect to make further arrests in connection with the case.

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