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Feds arrest four in cartel-linked extortion scheme at Texas Home Depot

October 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds arrest four in cartel-linked extortion scheme at Texas Home Depot

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Three men who were reportedly trying to collect cash in an abduction and extortion plot, along with a fourth man who claimed to have links to a Mexican cartel, were taken into custody last week during a “ransom drop” in Texas.

Fernando Cabrera, 21, Nygul Anderson, 19, and Albert Gonzalez, 18, remained behind bars this week on federal charges of conspiring to possess extortion proceeds, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to the Star-Telegram, a minor also taken into custody during the bust was identified in a criminal complaint, but has not been charged.

Cabrera, Anderson, and Gonzalez had driven from the McAllen area to collect $100,000 from the victim, a man from North Richland Hills who had been receiving threats from a Mexican phone number demanding the cash.

The caller, who was not identified in the complaint, first contacted the victim on September 22nd and said that the victim’s brothers in Mexico had been abducted and were being held hostage. The caller required $300,000 before lowering the demand to $40,000 and then again to $20,000.

When the victim agreed to give them the money, the caller told him to leave it by a dumpster at a 7-Eleven in Fort Worth. The victim dropped the cash and then received another call notifying him of his brothers’ location.

Family members in Mexico went to the location and discovered the brothers tied up in a motel room.

On September 29th, the victim received another call from the same individual, who demanded $100,000 “or else they would kidnap [the victim’s] brothers and kill them,” the complaint added.

The caller said that he works with Mexican authorities and the Jalisco cartel. The caller gave him until Friday to drop off the money.

The suspects each face five years in prison if convicted.

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