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Authorities rescue 480 Migrants kidnapped by Gulf Cartel operatives in Mexican border city

February 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities rescue 480 Migrants kidnapped by Gulf Cartel operatives in Mexican border city

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Mexican authorities have rescued 480 migrants abducted by the Gulf Cartel after a series of investigations targeting the drug cartel.

Raids were conducted last weekend after the Mexican military received an anonymous tip about Central American migrants being held hostage by the Gulf Cartel, according to El Manana.

The migrants paid the criminal organization thousands of dollars to be smuggled across the border into Texas and ultimately to their final destination; however, the Gulf Cartel kidnapped them while extorting their family members for money.

Officials initially carried out six raids that resulted in the rescue of 300 Central American migrants and one Mexican. Authorities also apprehended 16 Gulf Cartel members tied to the stash houses.

Since the first set raids, state authorities in Tamaulipas, with assistance from the Mexican Army and Marines, executed additional operations and rescued a total of 480 that were kidnapped by the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros.

Officials also arrested six other Gulf Cartel members bringing the total to 22 individuals linked to the human smuggling and abduction scheme.

One of the stash houses was a motel where armed cartel members held dozens of migrants under harsh conditions. Information released by Mexican authorities indicated that the migrants paid between $4,000 to $5,000 to be smuggled into various U.S. cities.

Immigration officials in Mexico used nearly a dozen large buses to transport the migrants from their federal headquarters to the Matamoros airport to be deported back to Central America.

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