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Jul 9, 2013 2:13 PM

Three Accused of Kidnapping Man Who Had No Connection to Cocaine Theft

McALLEN, Texas - A group of men from the Rio Grande Valley are accused of posing as police officers in order to kidnap a man and take him across the border where he was likely killed.

Prosecutors say the victim and his wife drove to a family member's house in Mission, Texas, but at the same time three other vehicles showed up with men claiming to be police.

The victim was handcuffed and taken away in a pickup. Prosecutors say his wife tried following the truck to find out where her husband was being taken, but she could not keep up with the convoy. She found out her husband had not been arrested when she called local police for information.

The criminal complaint against Roel Garza, Orlando Hernandez and Jose Lorenzo Davila states the victim was kidnapped in retaliation for the alleged theft of more than 100 kilos of cocaine from the Gulf Cartel.

Authorities say the victim has no criminal record or connections to organized crime or drugs. Its also believed that at some point the defendants figured out they had the wrong guy, but still sent him across the border after he was beaten, blindfolded, gagged and bound with duct tape.

Prosecutors say he was likely murdered after being delivered to members of the Gulf Cartel.

The three named defendants face up to life in prison if convicted.

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