Mexican Cartel Crew Indicted in San Diego Kidnap-Murders

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2009 4:13 AM CDT
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)
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(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.