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Cartel members charged in kidnapping, murder of wrong man

Cartel members charged in kidnapping, murder of wrong man
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 3:04pm

Three men, believed to be cartel members, have been arrested and charged in the death of a Mission man. Investigatigators believe the suspects realized they had kidnapped the wrong person, but killed him anyway.

Authorities arrested Roel Garza, 25, on Monday, July 8 and two other men, Mexican citizen Orlando Hernandez, 26, and Jose Lorenzo Davila, 24, who were arrested on July 4 and 5.

All three are alleged to be involved in the kidnapping of the victim in retaliation for the theft of more than 220 pounds of cocaine tied to the Gulf Cartel.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2011, the victim and his wife drove to a family member's residence, in Mission, and when they arrived three other vehicles showed up at the location.

The driver of one of the vehicles, Gerardo Villarreal, 23, of Roma, stated he was a police officer and had the victim handcuffed by Davila.

The victim was placed into a vehicle, the wife believing her husband had been placed in police custody, followed until she lost sight of it. She then called the police about her husband's "arrest" which authorities reported they had no record of or custody of her spouse.

It is believed the victim was struck, blindfolded, gagged and bound with duct tape and taken to a ranch in the area. Through the investigation authorities say the three suspects realized they had kidnapped the wrong person, but crossed the victim at the Rio Grande River into Mexico where he was later murdered.

The victim had no criminal record and no ties to the theft or sale of the missing cocaine and all three suspects face life in federal prison.

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