August 9, 2012
Feds Indict Three Mexican Cartel Members
In South Carolina Kidnapping
Associated Press -- August 7, 2014
Three men affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted on charges of kidnapping a South Carolina man and holding him for ransom for nearly a week in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana, according to federal officials.
Early on July 9, authorities have said the three men, posing as police officers, pulled the man over as he was going to work in his hometown of St. Matthews, about 30 miles southeast of Columbia. His truck, still running, was left on the side of the road with its door open.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced the indictments Wednesday in a news release. Juan Manuel Fuentes-Morales and Ruben Ceja-Rangel, both of Mexico, and Luís Castro-Villeda of Garland, North Carolina, were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, substantive kidnapping and hostage taking for ransom, as well as two counts each for brandishing... Read More...