State govern­ment over­sees ex­change of kid­nap cap­tives

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY | A state govern­ment in south­ern Mex­ico found it­self forced to play the role of mid­dle­man in an ex­change of kid­nap vic­tims held by a gang of drug traf­fick­ers, and a band of an­gry cit­i­zens who seized a crime boss’ mother in an at­tempt to take back con­trol of their law­less town.

The govern­ment of the state of Guer­rero sent po­lice to spirit away Maria Felix de Al­monte Sal­gado, the mother of drug gang boss Ray­bel Ja­cobo de Al­monte, known as “El Te­qui­lero,” af­ter res­i­dents of the town of To­to­la­pan got a kid­napped busi­ness­man back from the gang in re­turn.

The strange stand­off emerged af­ter towns­peo­ple, tired of kid­nap­ping, ex­tor­tion and killings, formed an armed vig­i­lante group and seized Mrs. de Al­monte Sal­gado and about 20 sus­pected gang mem­bers on Mon­day.

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