Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Reynosa: Police rescue 68 kidnapped bus passengers, arrest 2 Gulf Cartel members
Valley Central News
Two people are behind bars after authorities rescued 68 immigrants who were kidnapped off passengers buses in Reynosa.
Mexico's federal police reported that the rescue took place at a home in the Privada Las Americas neighborhood on Tuesday.
Federal police officers were patrolling the area when they saw two armed men heading into a house near the corner of Avenida Amado Nervo and Calle Mar Jonico.
Authorities found 12 Central American immigrants and 56 Mexicans being held against their will inside the house.
All of the victims said they were abducted aboard passenger buses headed to or at Reynosa Central Bus Station by armed men claiming to be with the Gulf Cartel.
Authorities seized weapons, ammunition and six vehicles from the home.
Federal police identified 24-year-old Henry Ricard Rodriguez-Garcia and 30-year-old Jose Ernesto Varela-Herrera as suspects in the case.
The rescue comes weeks after the discovery of 145 bodies of bus passenagers who were kidnapped and murdered near San Fernando.