Mexico army rescues 61 held by drug gang
17 October 2011, 09:53
Mexico City - Mexico's military says soldiers (have) freed 61 men being held captive and forced to work for a drug gang in a violent northern border city.
The army says the men were found guarded by three kidnappers in a safe house in Piedras Negras on Saturday. Soldiers made the discovery during a security sweep in the area that also turned up an abandoned truck filled with 6 tons of marijuana.
A statement released on Sunday said one of the captive men is from Honduras, while the others are from various parts of Mexico.
Piedras Negras sits across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, which has been the scene of ongoing battles between drug gangs. Last week the army arrested a major figure from the Zetas drug cartel there.