Mexican Mayor Kidnapped By Cartel in Border-State

Friday night, Mario Cedillo, a Mexican border-state mayor was kidnapped by the cartel. As Cedillo, his wife, one of his sons, and some of his staff members were traveling though Nuevo Laredo, a border city, in the state of Tamaulipas two SUVs full of gunmen chased them down and intercepted Cedillo’s vehicles. It is believed that nine people, Cedillo and eight others, were taken as they traveled back home from work meetings in the state of Oaxaca.

The Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, one of the most violent criminal organizations in Mexico, controls the area of the kidnapping. They normally patrol or use roadblocks on the roads in the area.

Coahulia’s Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme released a statement Saturday morning confirming Cedillo and his staff were taken and that he and his staff were working with military forces and governments of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon to locate the mayor and his staff. After they were able to pressure the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, Saturday afternoon, Riquelme posted on social media that Cedillo was released.

This kidnapping comes only days after the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas kidnapped 11 artisans from the state of Puebla in Nuevo Laredo for an art expo. Similar to the pressure in Cedillo’s case, the artisans were released after being pressured by the local governments.

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