A ruthless criminal organization in the border state of Tamaulipas continues to kidnap and extort the relatives of migrants trying to cross into Texas, reaping major profits.
This week, agents of an anti-kidnapping unit within Tamaulipas State Police rescued 55 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador who were being held for ransom at a stash house in Reynosa, according to the state attorney general’s office.
A relative of one migrant contacted Mexican authorities about them being held at a house in the Americo Villarreal neighborhood. The state police responded to the scene and found the migrants as described. Authorities did not reveal if any Gulf Cartel members were identified at the house.
Authorities turned the migrants over to Mexico’s Federal Immigration Institute so it could determine if the migrants were in the country legally.