(UnitedVoice.com) – Hundreds of people go missing in Mexico every year. Kidnappings by drug cartels are a frightening reality in the country. Recently, gang members dressed up as law enforcement officials and kidnapped two brothers.
On May 5, 15-year-old Miguel Angel and 17-year-old Erick Gonzalez Diego left their home to go pick up food before they went to work in the border state of Tamaulipas. The brothers were on a motorcycle when a group of suspected Gulf Cartel gunmen dressed as members of the Mexican National Guard stopped them. They were then kidnapped and beaten.
The brothers spent nearly two weeks in captivity. On May 14, a group of special forces officers with the Tamaulipas police found the teen boys and rescued them as their captors were moving them to the trunk of a car. Diego and Angel were lucky to survive the kidnapping, but that isn’t always the case.
In March, four Americans were kidnapped when they traveled to Mexico so one of them could receive cosmetic surgery. Shortly after the group crossed the Mexican border, a group of gunmen attacked the vehicle they were in. Three of the victims suffered gunshot wounds. Two died, and two were later rescued.
Cartels are also known for dressing up as local officials in order to carry out crimes. A 2015 report by Fox News revealed there are towns in Mexico where the residents have no idea who are actually police officers. Members of the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, and others reportedly regularly wear uniforms with badges and insignias; they also allegedly drive cars that are similar to what the local and federal police drive. Cartel members have also dressed as law enforcement and military members to carry out prison breaks.
In 2011, members of Los Zetas ambushed Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata and Agent Victor Ávila while they were in Mexico. According to reports, the agents believed an SUV that approached them was friendly forces, but they turned out to be cartel gunmen. Zapata died in the shooting, and Ávila suffered injuries. The killers were eventually captured by authorities.
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