Photo: Nuevo Leon Goverment
Luis Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia, former U.S. Marine and Texas cop, has been arrested by Mexican authorities for leading a gang of vicious kidnappers operating throughout Mexico.
According to the Mexican government, Garcia, 32, also known as ‘El Matute’ worked in the U.S. from 1998 through 2009. First he was enlisted in the Marines from 1998 to 2002 then transitioned to law enforcement in Texas. Sometime shortly after he left Laredo, Texas law enforcement he moved to Monterrey and started a kidnapping gang.
The gang, comprised of 16 individuals, operated out of the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Apparently the victims were chosen for their wherewithal. One of the gang’s more high profile victims was the father of a suburban Monterrey mayor. The family paid the ransom for the 70-year-old who was later found dead.
All members of the kidnapping gang were arrested in Nuevo Leon and Saltillo, Coahuila. Garcia was arrested last month but authorities did not announce his arrest until all his accomplices were also captured. According to the Council for Law and Human Rights about one-third of kidnappers arrested by Mexico’s’ Federal police have links to drug cartels.
Garcia was found riding in a secure van with false identification and a 9mm handgun.