Regional
11:08 am
Thu September 10, 2009

El Paso Man Murdered in Drug War

El Paso – Authorities have identified a body found in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, with its severed arms crossed and placed on its chest as a Texas man kidnapped from his El Paso-area home.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Department says 30-year-old Sergio Saucedo was abducted from his Horizon City house Sept. 3. His mutilated body was found Tuesday in the Mexican border city across the Rio Grande.

Sheriff's spokesman Jesse Tovar says it's apparent that the spillover of the drug violence plaguing Juarez and much of Mexico has happened.

Saucedo had a long criminal record, including convictions for drug possession and money laundering. Investigators say he was kidnapped by three men who broke into the house, bound Saucedo with duct tape and carried him out the back door to the driveway. His wife says he was then stuffed into a dark sport utility vehicle with no license plates.

Witnesses reported hearing at least one gun shot and said Saucedo struggled with his attackers as he yelled for help.

In May, a Juarez cartel lieutenant and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement informant was shot eight times in front of his east El Paso house.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.