MEXICO CITY – Army troops rescued 60 migrants who were being held captive by a gang in Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, a city in the northeastern Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, officials said.
A member of the criminal organization, identified as Manuel Abelardo Figueroa, and two suspected accomplices were arrested in the operation, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group (GCT) said.
Soldiers found the migrants in a warehouse in the city following “land and aerial reconnaissance in response to a complaint from a citizen,” said the GCT, which is made up of state and federal security forces.
The army seized three rifles, two handguns, a grenade launcher, seven fragmentation grenades, ammunition, ammunition clips, tactical gear and 14 vehicles in the operation.
The migrants are from different countries, the GCT said without providing additional details.
The migrants were found and the suspects arrested thanks to the assistance of the public, officials said.
Gangs kidnap, rob and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, as they make the trek across Mexico in an effort to reach the United States, officials say.