Police arrested 22 suspected kidnappers belonging to two different gangs in Ozumba and Nezahualcoyotl, two cities in Mexico state that surround the Federal District and form part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.
The suspects were detained from two separate operations, Mexico state Public Safety Secretary Damian Canales and State Attorney Alejandro Gomez said in a joint press conference.
Police arrested 11 suspects and rescued a female captive in Ozumba, Gomez said, adding that the victim had been abducted on October 28.
Three suspects, including a woman, were arrested in a separate operation on the Cuautla-Mexico City highway, Canales said.The suspects told investigators they belonged to a kidnapping gang that operates in the cities of Valle de Chalco and Chimalhuacan.
Information provided by the suspects led police officers to several accomplices who had been holding a businessman captive since November 4 in Nezahualcoyotl, Canales said. The 57-year-old captive was rescued and eight suspects were arrested on kidnapping charges.
Investigators have linked the suspects to at least two other kidnappings in the Chalco Valley region among other crimes.
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