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Mexican feds take down 28 alleged kidnappers

Mexico City, Mexico — In Mexico crime news, five separate operations in the past week have seen Mexican federal officials take down a total of 28 alleged members of criminal kidnapping groups. Of those arrested, 23 were already linked to kidnapping cases by judges.

Personnel of the Agency of Criminal Investigation have been successful at preventing the kidnappings, and in one recent case, were able to get a victim released from his captors. The raids took place from June 18 to 22.

The federal investigation indicates that this organization exerts a high level of violence on its victims and has been linked to at least 17 kidnappings in the capital of the country and in the State of Mexico.

On June 21, five people who were part of another band of kidnappers were arrested in Ecatepec. Those involved were found to be related to the illegal deprivation of a man’s freedom on February 19 in Tlalnepantla.

In another operation, two arrest warrants were issued in Aculco and Villa Nicolás Romero in the State of Mexico for aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. The detainees belonged to a criminal group that, over the past month, saw five other members arrested for kidnapping in the states of Mexico, Tlaxcala, Guerrero, Michoacán and Mexico City.

Omar García Harfuch, head of the Agency of Criminal Investigation, reported that the detainees simulated police checkpoints to kidnap their victims.

In Cuautitlán Izcalli, a fourth police raid was carried out in which a member of a gang of kidnappers who operated in Ecatepec was detained, resulting in the dismantling of seven kidnappers.

“In a fifth operation on June 22, the Agency of Criminal Investigation arrested nine people in Mexico City and in the state of Morelos as possible members of an organization dedicated to kidnapping.

“It is known that these people were likely responsible for the kidnapping of a person of Colombian origin on January 4, 2017,” he said.