Mexican Cartel Crew Indicted in San Diego Kidnap-Murders

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2009 4:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Members of a notorious Mexican drug cartel have been indicted for running a San Diego kidnap-murder ring that dissolved two victims in acid, reports the Los Angeles Times. Gang members dressed as police officers and kidnapped well-to-do victims across the border; they collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom then often murdered their targets, say authorities. The 17 busted members, who belong to a rogue cell of the Tijuana-based Arellano-Felix Cartel, face charges in 9 murders.

Juan Francisco Estrada-Gonzalez is brought into the courtroom by a San Diego Sheriff's deputy during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.
Juan Francisco Estrada-Gonzalez is brought into the courtroom by a San Diego Sheriff's deputy during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Jorge Rojas Lopez listens during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.
Jorge Rojas Lopez listens during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Jorge Salvador Moreno waves to the gallery during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.
Jorge Salvador Moreno waves to the gallery during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court yesterday.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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