The U.S. Justice Department announced the capture of three gunmen linked to Gulf Cartel, involved in the kidnapping and murder in Mexico in 2011. The victim was a policeman who was kidnapped and murdered, but until now no body has been found. The reason: they mistook him for a guy who stole 100 kilograms of cocaine.
In a statement, the prosecutor federal Kenneth Magidson reported that between Thursday and Monday, the police arrested the Mexican Orlando Hernandez, 26, and the Americans Roel Garza, 25, and Lorenzo Davila 24.
The three will be put on trial for the kidnapping of Gerardo Villarreal, 23, who, according to interviews, was killed in an undisclosed city in Mexico.
According to reports, on May 28, 2011 Villarreal was traveling with his wife in a car through the streets of Mission to visit a relative in the same border city where they lived. The detainees cornered the couple with several vehicles.
Villarreal, who identified himself as a policeman, was handcuffed by the gunmen and forced into a van.
The wife, who assumed that her husband had been arrested, called local authorities, they said they were unaware the action. The investigation later revealed that the victim was beaten, gagged and locked hands and feet with duct tape.
The kidnappers took Villarreal to a ranch in the area of Mission, where they learned that he was not the person who had stolen the drug. The victim was taken in the trunk of a car across the Rio Grande, where his captors killed him in an unspecified way.
The policeman had no criminal record. The incriminated face a life sentence in a prison federal and a possible fine of $ 250,000.
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