REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Three state police officers were arrested in connection with the ransom kidnapping of a local Gulf Cartel member.
Earlier this month, Tamaulipas authorities arrested Mario “N,” Nabor “N,” and Félix “N” on the charge of aggravated kidnapping. Since then, the three men were indicted and a judge moved the process forward by granting a six-month extension for authorities to conclude their investigation.
The three police officers stand accused of kidnapping a Gulf Cartel member on April 29 and demanding $500,000 pesos ($25,000 USD) for his release. The cops were allegedly holding the man at a local hotel.
Authorities have not released the name of the victim, however, law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart News that the man is an upper echelon cartel member. Sources say the practice of extorting cartel leadership is not new in Reynosa. Usually, the police extort cartel members for cash and interrogate them for additional intelligence. In March 2015, Breitbart News reported on the arrests of 14 Federal Police officers who allegedly performed ransom kidnappings in nearby Matamoros.
In August 2015, Breitbart News reported on similar practices where federal authorities would arrest Gulf Cartel bosses–only to release them after paying hefty bribes. In May 2015, the late Gulf Cartel Commander Jesus “Wero Jesse” Garcia paid a $500,000 peso bribe and then bragged about the affair on social media.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “A.C. Del Angel” from Tamaulipas.