Phoenix, AZ had more kidnappings last year than any city at any time in United States history. To combat the onslaught of cases, the Phoenix Police Department formed the elite HIKE (home invasion and kidnapping enforcement) Unit in their Violent Crimes Bureau. Our series, RANSOM, is a fictionalized account of the activities of that division.
The unit deals with three main criminal activities, all of which link back to Mexico's cartels: kidnapping and extortion; home invasions; and the bajadores—Mexican robbers—who wait for coyotes to bring illegals across the border and then rob them of their human cargo, demanding $1500 a head. The 10 Freeway has been the site of bold carjackings and shootouts for a payload of illegals.
Mexico is a country at war. Juarez gangs and Sinoloa drug mobs fight to control the drug trade. The battle rages and the outcomes are uncertain. Will Mexico become a narco state? One thing is certain: drug cartel violence is spilling over into the U.S. And Phoenix is ground zero.