Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Los Zetas behind more than half of cartel kidnappings, says government agency
Organized crime kidnappings, often for ransom, are a major problem in Mexico, exceeded only by extortion. Total kidnappings in 2011 were 115% greater than in 2010, and 300% greater than in 2009. SSP estimates that at least 30% of them were directly associated with narcotics trafficking and related cartel crimes.
SSP said that since the drug war began in December 2006, military and police forces have managed to free 1,587 kidnapping victims.
Kidnapping may be punished by up to life in prison under Mexican law.
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