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Feds: Four American kidnapped Arizona man for Mexican cartel bounty

November 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Four American kidnapped Arizona man for Mexican cartel bounty

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Federal prosecutors say a group of people abducted an Arizona man and attempted to bring him into Mexico in the trunk of a vehicle to collect a drug bounty placed on the man’s head by a drug cartel.

The attempt highlights the ongoing ruthless cartel violence that continues to go wild along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Court records from the case against Roxanne Marie “Rocky” Carpenter and three other men discuss how the group abducted a man and tried to bring him into Mexico to turn him over to a drug cartel, Tuscon.com reported.

The incident occurred back in March, when Phoenix “Loki” Begay, Brian Edward Meyers, and Fausto “Zombie” Velazquez abducted a man known only as AG or “Ghost.”

The crew handcuffed and shackled the victim and stuffed him in the trunk of a vehicle.

Carpenter traveled across an international port of entry in Naco, Arizona.

However, AG jumped out of the car before the vehicle got to Mexico, and his captors did not realize. Carpenter drove the car to two cartel members who were going to award the woman with cash and drugs.

Cartel members in Mexico wanted to get their hands on Ghost for the purported robbery of drugs. Carpenter, along with the three others, organized the kidnapping to make quick cash and get drugs.

Since the crime, the three men entered guilty pleas before Carpenter went to trial and was convicted.

This week, U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson sentenced Carpenter to 14 years behind bars. She filed an appeal the following day.

While court documents do not indicate the drug cartel responsible for the abduction, the area just south of Naco, Arizona, has been described by the U.S. DEA as being under the influence of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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